What Is Your Gardening Personality?

By: Ruby Scalera

What Is Your Gardening Personality?
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About This Quiz

Do you love following gardening posts on Instagram? Does a room full of succulents make you smile? Do you have ivy hanging over every bookshelf? Then this quiz is for you! Whether you're dedicated to taking care of your tiny air plant or you have an overflowing garden of tomatoes, peppers and carrots growing grandly in your backyard, how you garden can say a lot about who you are with friends and family!

If you love to talk about your garden, if you start new seeds every spring and if you dream of having a beautiful country garden or a lush Mediterranean grove of olive trees, you're among friends! Answer questions about your favorite citrus trees, the best root vegetables for making the perfect fall soups and what kind of herbs every gardener should have in their home to find out what kind of gardener you are! Whether this is your very first plant, if you're growing a garden out on the balcony of your city apartment or you've got an entire backyard for apple trees and pumpkin patches, your gardening personality is sure to show through! Don't forget to invite your gardening friends so you can compare your gardening personalities — and swap tips, seeds and tools along the way, of course. 

Daisies Which of these flowers will you plant from seeds?
Wildflower mix
Lilac
Lavender
Classic roses

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Lemon Tree Of the most common fruit trees, which will you want to grow in your backyard?
Avocado
Orange
Pear
Meyer lemon

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Papaya Tree What kind of unique fruit tree would you grow in your backyard?
Citron
Persimmon
Papaya
Sweet cherry

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Pecans Nuts are delicious and great for cooking. What kind of nuts will you grow in your garden?
Chestnuts
Hickory nuts
Pecans
Walnuts

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Vegetable garden How orderly is your garden?
I like to keep things neat and organized, so I know my plants are getting the right water, sunlight, and nutrients.
I build new structures for my plants any chance I get. Some are on the walls; others hang from the ceiling. I also have a hydro garden in the kitchen.
I grow a lot of vegetables, so I need to know where everything is. But they don't like to be smothered, so I let nature take its course and prune back when necessary.
My garden is lush and filled with flowers. I love the summer perfumes, so I fill my house with lilacs and lilies.

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Garden planters Where do you get the planters for your garden?
I'm a regular at the local nursery.
I love to make my own pots and hangings!
I inherited them from the gardeners in my family who came before.
I use whatever planter will fade into the background and better display my flowers.

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Garden bug When bugs get into your garden, what do you do?
I started a garden because I love the plants, but now I love the bugs too!
I only plant trees and flowers that help the local environment.
We're all living in this world together. I don't bother them; they don't bother me.
I'm putting in butterfly bushes this spring!

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Aloe vera What would be the perfect plant for a gift?
Aloe vera — it has many uses and is easy to care for.
Succulents! They're unique and beautiful, and they can add something special to a home.
Herbs! Herbs are easy to care for, and they can take any dish up to the next level!
Orchids — there's nothing prettier!

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Tomato garden What fruits or vegetables will you grow in your garden this year?
Tomato plants — they're hearty, prolific and delicious.
Pumpkins! Picking pumpkins is a ton of fun — how cool would it be to do at home?
Hot peppers! Peppers are fun to grow on their own, but I like dishes with a little zing!
Potatoes! There's nothing quite like potato soup on a cold night, and they're fun and satisfying to grow!

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Lavender Which herb will you plant first?
Chamomile — there's nothing like homemade tea!
Bergamot — it adds a unique and delicious flavor, and it has benefits in healing!
Lemon balm — it smells great and the bees love it!
Lavender — there's no better way to calm a busy mind than with the scent of lavender.

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Wildflower What's your favorite kind of wildflower?
White water lilies
Blanket flowers
Snowdrops
Echinacea (coneflowers)

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Ivy Plant Creepers, climbers and vine plants can add something special to any space. What kind will you be growing?
Hops! There's something so interesting about growing a plant we'll ultimately drink!
Chocolate vines smell like chocolate, so that's perfect for me!
Classic purple wisteria is simply lovely to look at and smell.
Bougainvillea flowers everywhere — the colors are so bold and beautiful!

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Garden Why did you first start gardening?
It's my way of bringing the great outdoors closer to home!
I wanted to give back to the Earth and create environments for the insects and animals to enjoy.
It's a long-standing family tradition.
I love the beauty and sweetness of having fresh flowers in the house.

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Garden Gardens can take inspiration from all around the world — what is your dream garden environment?
I'd love a little of all the environmentally diverse types so I could experiment with different plants.
Something Mediterranean, with lots of room for color and growth
English weather! A soft drizzle makes for a lush garden.
A city! There's something special about nature in an urban setting.

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Trees in a garden If you have enough space, what kind of trees will you cultivate in your garden?
New redwoods — their lineage is fascinating.
A weeping willow — there's just nothing quite like it.
A dragon tree — really, how cool are they?
A Douglas fir — they're great at absorbing CO2 and protecting our air.

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Balcony flowers If you only had a small balcony garden in the city, what kind of flowers would you grow?
Gazanias — they're bold and beautiful and make a statement.
Lantana — they're totally unique and strikingly beautiful.
Sunflowers — bees love them and they give passersby something lovely to enjoy!
Pansies — they're a classic, and they come in many unique colors.

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Garden greenhouse How do you learn about plants or decide what to plant next?
I do a lot of research beforehand and base my next planting schedule on what has worked in the past.
Whatever comes my way goes into the garden! I love taking cuttings, growing from kitchen scraps and visiting seed libraries!
I like plants that can be used, so I tend toward herbs and vegetables, depending on the season.
I pick the plants that make me smile.

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Flowershop Where do you get your plants?
At the nursery, of course
From friends, catalogs, nature, wherever they find me!
These plants have been in my family for generations. I just keep them happy and healthy.
My favorite boutique plant shop or market

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Birdbath Pick a water feature for your garden!
A natural pond
A lovely birdbath
A wishing well
A classic Greek-inspired fountain

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Terrarium What plant-themed gift (besides plants!) do you most want for your birthday?
A DIY terrarium kit
Cactus cookie cutters
A new vegetable basket
A canvas gardening apron and gloves

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Monet's Garden Which garden from around the world do you most want to visit?
Keukenhof, Lisse, Netherlands
Monet's Garden, Giverny, France
Butchart Gardens, British Columbia, Canada
The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.

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Bath Salt and Flowers How many plants are in your bathroom?
I have a collection of moss in hanging planters in my shower.
I've added extra shelves in the shower for my plants. They're also on the counter and on shelves.
One nicely arranged snake plant on the shelf.
Just some ivy and orchids and philodendron and ferns and ...

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Pond Bridge Add an extra something special to your garden!
A hydroponic vertical garden
A rose maze
Beehives
A bridge over a pond

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Mushrooms What kind of fungi are you growing in your garden?
Oyster mushrooms
Lobster mushrooms
Chanterelle mushrooms
Classic red and white toadstools

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Aloe Vera Plants have been used for medicinal purposes for millennia. What kind of healing plants do you have in your home?
Aloe vera — there's just no better sunburn treatment out there!
Spider plants and snake plants — they help to purify the air, reduce negative energy, remove distractions and boost creativity.
St. John's Wort — it's a classic medicinal plant, used for mood relief, anxiety, seasonal depression, PMS, menopausal symptoms and more.
Lavender — it treats anxiety, migraines, insomnia and depression, and it is believed to be an anti-inflammatory.

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Garden Path Is there a pathway in your garden? What kind?
One made with locally sourced rocks that doesn't harm the environment
A path decorated in mosaics and marbled stones of bright blues and yellows
A cobblestone path
A path with flowers inlaid between the steps

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Blueberries Which kind of berry would you rather plant in your garden?
Acai berries
Fall gold raspberries
Wonderberries
Blueberries

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Trellis Will your garden have a trellis?
I have lots of trellises, with vegetables and flowers.
I have trellises you can walk under, for squashes and berries.
I have classic wooden trellises in my vegetable garden.
I have reclaimed wagon wheels and wooden window frames that the plants are taking over.

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Squash and pumpkins Pick a variety of squash to plant in your garden.
Sunshine kabocha squash
Carnival squash
Acorn squash
Papaya pear squash

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Beautiful Garden What does the perfect day in your garden look like?
I get to experiment with new types of seeds and try out new hydroponic planting systems.
I get to create unique and beautiful standing beds and fill them with my favorite plants.
I get to pick fruits and vegetables from my trees and bushes and spend the day carefully cultivating next year's seeds.
I plant rows and rows of strikingly beautiful flowers and pick a few for my kitchen table. I add a butterfly bush. The air is sweet.

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