Many people are not clear about what their landscape design style is or "should" be. Broadly speaking, garden style breaks into two major categories: formal and informal.
Easy, isn't it?
Although much of what determines the style is a matter of the architecture, there is usually a bit of wiggle room in determining what the "proper" look should be.
We have installed formal gardens against cottage style homes and perennial gardens with lots of color against a stone, Normandy style grand home. There are rules, but if you work carefully, you can sometimes ignore conventional wisdom and generate a wonderful end result.
Here, in a very abbreviated fashion are some of the styles that can adorn a house. This is not meant to be a treatise on garden or architectural history. Hopefully this brief tutorial will allow you to formulate an opinion as to what resonates with you.
Frequently the architecture talks...and you have to listen. If you have a Georgian home, or a French inspired manor house, odds are that you will be drawn to the linear, geometric and symetrical aspects of a garden, as befits a house built along those lines. Think Versaille. (OK, next door to Versaille.)
If you're not sure what the style of your home is, try searching Google Images for “architectural styles” and look for homes similar to yours.
When the look is not structured and manicured, the garden would fall into the realm of informal.
Frequently this entails perennials and shrubs planted for a more “flowing” effect.
Although the maintenance of the informal garden would be less in terms of shearing evergreens for lines, informal gardens still need care to get that “uncared for” look.
Contemporary Gardens [The New American Garden]
The melding of formal and informal styles could characterize the contemporary garden.
A snip of this, a line from there. It's what folks have done throughout history...the human propensity to take ideas from everyone and make it new. A long tradition of taking the best and making it your own...so to speak.
Natural and Naturalized Gardens
The somewhat recent discovery (in the last 200 years) that nature has something to offer the garden is a concept that is now firmly rooted in the landscape design community and their clients.
Although not really a “style”, the perennial garden is very important stylistically.
Merging some of the lines of formal gardens with the exuberance of the perennial garden is for many garden enthusiasts the best of all worlds.
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