Oh yes, gardens do have personalities, matching those of the gardeners who created them. The garden’s personality is reflected in it’s layout, use of materials and choice of plantings. What style is your garden? Here are a few main garden styles with hints on how to create them. Can you distinguish which personality your garden has?
Often the urban or contemporary garden is on a smaller scale and focuses on minimalism. Using natural forms these gardens create calm and harmony and are often thought of as Zen gardens. Areas are created for quiet contemplation and serenity.
- use rocks and place in random settings
- build a water feature, small or elaborate
- mass plant ornamental grasses
- add a bridge and simple seating
- use simple styled pots and containers
- plant Japanese pines or red maples
- keep plantings sparse and simplistic
COUNTRY COTTAGE GARDEN
These gardens are loose, colourful and carefree. We have the English to thank for this gardening style which is whimsical and free. Cottage gardens create a haven for wildlife and pollinators.
- keep the lines of the flower beds curved and rounded, keep all edges soft
- grow a wide selection of colourful perennials in mass groupings. Think of columbines, foxglove, daisies, delphiniums, sunflowers and so on
- use flowering shrubs
- grow vines such as wisteria, clematis or ivy up a trellis or over an arbour
- create winding paths with stones or gravel
- use colourful pots and containers
FORMAL EUROPEAN GARDEN
Elegant and traditional formal gardens are well ordered and more rigid in form. These garden are clean and symmetrical, focusing on simple structures and design.
- create a centre path using stone, bricks or gravel
- incorporate a knot herb garden
- build paths which lead to separate garden areas or rooms
- outline the flower beds with low well clipped hedges. Boxwood is the perfect plant for this.
- keep shrubs well clipped and shaped
- grow lots of old fashioned scented roses
- use statues, large urns and water fountains or ponds made of stone or concrete
- make use of evergreens and keep them well manicured
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