What typical gardens look like in 15 countries around the world

From French country gardens with charming window boxes to serene courtyard gardens in China, you're sure to encounter a diverse array of floral displays wherever your travels take you.

Keep scrolling to see 15 photos that show what typical gardens look like in different countries around the world.

"Viewing gardens" are popular in Germany, and showcase an eclectic variety of plants.

Hermannshof, a Sichtungsgarten ("viewing garden") in Weinheim, Germany.

While gardening became popular in Germany in the early 20th century, the post-war era saw the rise of the Sichtungsgarten ("viewing garden") — a hub for amateur gardeners and garden designers to learn about different plant varieties.

Situated in Weinheim in the Rhineland region, Hermannshof is a well-known viewing garden where visitors can check out 30 distinct plantings.

Dutch landscape artist Mien Ruys helped pioneer modern gardening in the Netherlands, where lawns with flower borders surrounded by brick and stonework are common.

A garden in Giethoorn, Netherlands.

In the 1950s, suburban gardens in the Netherlands were influenced by Dutch landscape artist Mien Ruys. Her signature design emphasized lawns with flower borders that were surrounded by brick and stonework.

While tulips are synonymous with Dutch gardens, you'll also find other flower varieties such as anemones, roses, and crocuses.

Whitewashed walls and drought-tolerant plants like bougainvillea help gardens thrive in Greece's hot Mediterranean climate.

Bougainvillea and plants in terracotta pots are classic elements of Greek gardens.

In Greece, gardens are designed to thrive in the extreme Mediterranean climate. According to the blog Gardenista, some key elements of a Greek garden include whitewashed walls (to reflect the sun's heat) and hardy, drought-tolerant plants like bougainvillea. Terracotta pots, whose porousness makes over watering difficult, are also common.

France's gardens typically include features such as stucco walls, stonework, and window boxes.

Although courtyard gardens — like the grounds of Versailles — are more complex, French country gardens are charming in their own way. They typically include features such as stucco walls, stonework, and window boxes.

Mexican gardens are characterized by paved patios, pottery, and colorful plants.

A patio garden in the Mexican state of Sonora.

In Mexico, garden design takes its cue from Spanish Colonial, Moorish, and Moroccan architecture. Typically used to host gatherings of family and friends, Mexican gardens feature paved patios with ceramic tile and brightly colored plants and pottery.

Moroccan gardens are often found inside riads — traditional houses built around a central courtyard.

The courtyard garden at Riad Houdou in Marrakech, Morocco.

Gardens in Morocco are often tucked inside riads — large traditional houses that encompass a central courtyard. In Marrakech, many historic riads have been repurposed as hotels.

The three traditional elements of a Chinese garden are water, stones, and plants.

A courtyard garden in Hangzhou, China.

Chinese gardens, like this courtyard garden in Hangzhou, traditionally comprise three elements: water, stones, and plants.

While water and stones respectively symbolize life and strength, the meaning of flora varies by species. For instance, the scotch pine signifies longevity while the tree peony denotes wealth and social status.

Australia likes to embrace native fauna in its gardens.

A backyard garden in Queensland, Australia.

Australia is a garden trendsetter, according to Matthew Cantwell, director of Sydney-based landscape design firm Secret Gardens. When it comes to succulent gardens, home-grown produce, and living walls, he says that Aussies are well ahead of the curve.

But while trends come and go, native plants are still a popular choice. This garden features Australian flora such as bottlebrushes and grevillea.

In Sweden, gardens typically grow vegetables.

A Swedish koloni, or allotment garden.

In Sweden, people have koloni — allotment gardens that consist of small wooden cottages surrounded by plants.

"Gardening in Sweden is a rather new field," Swedish landscape designer Ulf Nordfjell told Garden Design magazine. "It was started with a need to produce vegetables after World War II. You can't compare a Swedish garden with one in Britain or France or Italy; it's not possible. We have country gardens where people spend time during their summer, but it's a rather unique relationship — more a piece of nature, maybe with some strawberries and roses."

Japanese gardens are intended to produce a microcosm of the natural world.

A traditional Japanese garden in Kyoto.

In a Japanese garden, many elements combine to produce a microcosm of the natural world. Ponds stand in for lakes, for example, while large stones represent mountains.

Other traditional components include seasonal plants (like maple and cherry trees), water basins (used for ritual cleansing), and paths to guide visitors through the landscape. Structures such as pavilions and tea houses enhance the beauty of the environment.

In Russia, the dacha — a small plot of land originally allotted by the Tsar — is meant to provide food.

Small plots of land called dachas are a uniquely Russian agrarian institution.

According to the Telegraph, many Russians associate growing plants and vegetables with dachas — small, suburban plots of land allotted by the Tsar and later controlled by the state. During the Soviet era, these garden patches became vital to supplementing diets with fresh produce.

Today, the dacha is more of a luxury than a necessity. People in metropolises like Moscow and St. Petersburg leave the bustle of the city behind on weekends and holidays for the respite of rural life.

Even playwright Anton Chekhov praised the merits of this uniquely Russian agrarian institution. Describing his vegetable garden, which he cultivated at his estate, Melikhovo, Chekhov wrote, "Everything is miniature — a tiny alley, a pond the size of a fish tank, tiny trees. But, after you pace along the alley a couple of times, and look more carefully at everything, the claustrophobic feeling that everything is too small disappears. All of a sudden, we have lots of space."

In the US, more and more people are growing their own produce.

A garden boxed in with picket fence edging in Houston, Texas.

In the United States, home gardening dates back to the 18th century, when colonists grew vegetables for sustenance.

As produce markets became widespread in the mid-19th century, gardens become an outlet for leisure rather than labor. The rise of manufacturing jobs in the early 1900s — which drew Americans to urban hubs — further reduced public interest in gardening to grow food.

However, with the advent of Earth Day in 1970, renewed enthusiasm for edible gardening took root in the US. According to a 2014 report by the National Gardening Association, more and more Americans are growing their own produce. Between 2008 and 2013, there was a 17% increase in the number of US households with food gardens — from 36 million to 42 million.

In Colombia, orchids are a popular choice for home gardening since they can thrive in high-altitude locales.

A garden in Medellín's Pueblito Paisa neighborhood.

Known for its biodiversity, Colombia boasts more than 130,000 species of plants. In fact, after the Netherlands, the South American country is the world's second-largest flower producer.

While Colombia's roses, carnations, and chrysanthemums are its biggest exports, the country's outstanding orchids are a popular choice for home gardening since they can thrive in high-altitude locales. In fact, the national flower is the Cattleya trianae (also known as "Flor de Mayo" and "Christmas orchid").

Family vegetable gardens are also common in urban areas of Colombia.

Some common native plants in the Philippines include plumeria, heliconia, and sampaguita (Arabian jasmine), which is the national flower.

A display garden at the annual flower festival in Baguio, Philippines.

Every year, the city of Baguio celebrates the Philippines' vibrant floriculture with a month-long celebration called the Panagbenga Festival (Flower Festival).

In addition to parades and other lively events, visitors can check out garden displays featuring native plants such as plumeria, heliconia, and the national flower, sampaguita (also known as Arabian jasmine).

England's Cotswolds region is renowned for its gardens — ranging from ornate to rustic.

A typical cottage garden in Chipping Campden in England's Cotswolds region.

England's Cotswolds region is renowned for its gardens. Some, like those at Highgrove — the private estate of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall — are ornate, while others, such as the cottage gardens that bloom in the charming market town of Chipping Campden, are rustic rather than refined.

Chipping Camden is also home to Kiftsgate Court Gardens and Hidcote Manor Garden. At Kiftsgate, you'll find an abundance of striped roses and a sunken garden with seasonal flowering plants (think fawn lilies in the spring and santolinas in the summer). On the contrary, Hidcote is an Arts and Craft garden where you can walk through a maze of pathways punctuated by a multihued display of flora.

As far as quotidian gardens are concerned, horticulture expert Bob Brown — who owns the nursery Cotswold Garden Flowers — counts "Purple Marble" Thalictrum honanense, a kind of foliage, and the evergreen shrub "Kew Green" skimmia among his favorite plants, according to Cotswold Life magazine.

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