There is so much you can plant in a Biblical Garden. Herbs, trees and flowers are all mentioned in the Bible. What to plant and the design is entirely up to you. Today, I am going to deal with Biblical flower gardens. They are beautiful and you can get a lot of enjoyment and peace out of such a garden.
Aloe is a healing plant that was brought to care for Jesus’ dead body. “Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes…” John 19:39 Aloe is a spiky green plant that adds much to the look of your garden and the gel found in the leaves are a healing agent for burns, abrasions and skin irritations.
Crown Anemone gives your garden a nice touch. These “lilies of the field call us to trust…” “And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field; how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these…” Matthew 6:28
Japenese Grapeleaf Anemone is a cousin of the anemones of the Holy Land. This plant blooms in its entire splendor in the fall and continues the joy from Solomon’s garden. “The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land…”
Though many people think of Chicory as a weed, it has a beautiful blue flower. It is a delightful addition to a Biblical garden as long as you keep it under control. At Passover, God’s people were told “…eat the lamb that same night…eat it roasted over the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.” Exodus 12:8 At Passover every year, faithful people share the bitter herbs during the Sedar supper as a reminder of God’s saving work.
Saffron Crocus are most welcome in a Biblical garden. God’s people experience time of judgement before God and gracious times of blessing from the Lord when “the wilderness and dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus.” Isaiah 35:1
Trumpet daffodils bring the color of sunshine to a Biblical garden. Does God care about you? God cares even about the flowers. “…even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like on of these…” Matthew 6:29 How much more will God care for you?
Shasta daisies are a perennial that will spread through your Biblical garden. They have long lasting blooms and can be picked to make a delightful bouquet. Solomon decorated God’s temple with open flowers. “He carved the walls of the house all around with
carved engravings of cherubim, palm trees and open flowers, in the inner and outer rooms…” 1Kings 6:29
Perennial Blue Flax bring the color of the sky into a Biblical garden. Flax was woven into linen cloth in Biblical days. It was used to weave Jesus’ burial cloth. “They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it in spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of Jesus.” John 19:40
Rose of Sharon is a shrub that comes in a variety of colors. Though the blooms last for only one day, the bush continues to bring forth flowers for approximately two weeks. As they fall to the ground, they ask us, “How long will you be here? Are you fully alive to savor the day that the Lord hath made?” The Bible tells us, “Let the believer who is lowly boast in being raised up, and the rich in being brought low, because the rich will disappear like a flower in the field.” James 1:9-10
Hollyhock is a biannual that re-seeds itself. It also comes in a wide range of colors. When Job was in despair, he lost his appetite. “Can that which is tasteless be eaten without salt, or is there flavor in the juice of mallows? My appetite refuses to touch them; they are like food that is loathsome to me.” Job 6: 6-7
Hyacinths bloom in the early spring and the bulbs are planted in the fall. Choose from white, lavender or pink. They give off a strong, sweet fragrance. “My beloved has gone down to his garden, to the beds of spices, to pasture his flocks in the gardens, and to gather lilies (hyacinths). I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine; he pastures his flock among the hyacinth.” Song of Solomon 6: 2-3
Grape hyacinths are lovely in early spring. They can be planted in a group in any corner of your garden or around the roots of clematis. This highly fragrant spring bloomer is widespread in the Holy Land.
Iris comes in a variety of colors and blooms in the spring. Iris are also known as Flag. Blue, purple, variegated or yellow will bring a touch of color to your Biblical garden. “I will be like the dew to Israel; he shall blossom like the lily (Iris) he shall strike root like the forests of Lebanon.” Hosea 14:5
Larkspur is a beautiful flower that reminds us of God’s care. Consider the lilies (larkspur) how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.” Luke 12: 27
Lily of the Valley is another fragrant spring bloomer. These spread each year and make a beautiful ground cover or fence border. As one person sees beauty in their beloved, we are invited to sense beauty in God. “I am rose of Sharon, lily of the valleys. As a lily blooming among brambles, so is my love among maidens. Song of Solomon 1: 1-2
The passing flowers of the Lupine remind us of our mortality and the passing nature of all power and wealth. “Let us the believer who is lowly boast in being raised up, and the rich in being brought low, because the rich will disappear like a flower in the field.” James 1: 9-10
Chrysanthemums have flowers that come and go throughout the year. They call us to humility. James 1: 9-10
Cornflowers and bachelor buttons make a delightful showing in a Biblical garden. When the first people turned against God, there was a price to pay, as there is today. “…in toil you shall eat of the ground all the days of your life; thorns and thistles shall it bring forth for you.” Genesis 3: 17-18
Common, Icelandic and Oriental poppies are all wonderful additions to your garden. Sometimes our friends disappoint us; they come and go like the bloom of the poppy. “A voice says ‘Cry out!’ And I said, ‘What shall I cry?’ All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field.” Isaiah 40: 6 & 8.
The rose is a beautiful flower that can be fragrant or non-fragrant. Tea roses, the English rose, shrub rose or climbing rose all come in a large selection of colors. Whatever you choose will bring life to your Biblical garden. Fragrant tea roses are lovely to cut for a bouquet or centerpiece.
Tulips are early spring bloomers and bring a splash of color to your garden early in the year. When we hear the voice of someone we love, it is like spring. “The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.” Song of Solomon 2:12
Violets add lovely color and fragrance to your Biblical garden. “…the rich will disappear like the flower in the field. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the field; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. It is the same way with the rich; in the midst of a busy life, they will wither away.” James 1:10
Any or all of these flowers will make your Biblical garden the talk of the neighborhood. If you have a terrace, you might consider planting your flowers in a book design to resemble the Good Book. If not, use your imagination to plan and create a garden that will bring visitors to your yard to view your beautiful and unique creation. May your Biblical garden bring you and your family many blessings.
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