The entrance to a secret garden is very important. It can be grand, like these two stone obelisk, or simple. An arbor covered by wisteria or roses, or perhaps a wooden gate and a simple door hint at mysteries and wonders found inside.
You can create your very own secret garden even in a suburban backyard. The trick is to create small, contained 'garden rooms' such as this one. Note the large, informal hedge to the left that provides screening and privacy.
The beautiful purple crepe myrtle against this white privacy fence creates an enclosed, secret space while still allowing light and air to circulate. Lush foliage against a white fall is a classic touch.
Another view of the same space showing the white horizontal fencing and crepe myrtle. You don't need an English estate to create a secret garden. Even this suburban backyard demonstrates the principles behind secret gardens.
Here the landscape architects used stones to create an enclosed, secret space around a classic three-tier fountain. The natural grasses and plants are also xeriscaping-friendly, using very little water.
Secret gardens seem to demand garden fences. This rose-covered arbor and stone pathway leads into a mysterious backyard. The design is part English garden, part country home.
Anyone can create a secret garden. Existing walls make great backdrops for your own special outdoor rooms. This ivy-covered wall, wall fountain and table and chairs provide a private space for outdoor entertaining or sipping a class of lemonade on a hot day.
Secret gardens include pathways leading to gates. The screened, walled garden lends an air of mystery and intrigue. Concrete, such as in this photo, stones or even grass make good walkways.