Garden Styles

FORMAL GARDEN

  • symmetric
  • manicured
  • clipped hedges and topiary
  • straight rows
  • shrub enclosed flowers and vegetables, bedding annuals
  • high maintenance

TRADITIONAL GARDEN

  • asymmetric
  • natural feel
  • curved lines
  • use of colorful foliage and flowering shrubs
  • fewer perennial flowers
  • medium to low maintenance

COTTAGE GARDEN

  • informal, energetic
  • lots of flowers, especially perennials, in a broad mix
  • traditionally includes climbing roses, herbs, fruit trees, berries, and hedges
  • rustic
  • complex
  • high maintenance

CONTEMPORARY / MODERN GARDEN

  • simple, strong shapes and patterns
  • plants used as a graphic element with a strong connection between architecture and plantings
  • often geometric
  • low to high maintenance

NEW AMERICAN GARDEN

  • a contemporary look originated by the landscape architects Wolfgang Oehme and James van Sweden
  • ornamental grasses, perennials, and bulbs planted in naturalistic swaths
  • informal
  • low to medium maintenance

WOODLAND / NATURALISTIC GARDEN

  • mostly shade and partial shade
  • subtle and naturalistic
  • ranges from somewhat cultured to almost entirely natural
  • use of ferns, hostas, viburnum, rhododendrons, azaleas, moss and native plants
  • relies primarily on plant shape and texture to create interest
  • lower maintenance

JAPANESE GARDEN

  • formal
  • traditional
  • generally containing certain elements: water, bridges, paths, lanterns (often stone), water basins, pavilions, clipped shrubs and trees
  • azaleas, pines, maples, bamboo, rhododendrons, cherry, iris, and lotus
  • high maintenance

ZEN GARDEN

  • part of the Japanese garden tradition
  • fashioned after the stone/rock gardens in certain┬áJapanese monasteries
  • raked stones or pebbles with boulders and moss
  • moderate to high maintenance

MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN

  • a dry climate garden with drought tolerant plants
  • plants with grey green foliage ex. lavender, thyme, lavender cotton,roses, sage, lamb’s ear, as well as cypress, olive, lemon trees and more
  • gravel, terra cotta, stucco, earth tones
  • water feature – fountains and pools
  • bright colors especially blue, red, purple, orange, and bright pink
  • colorful tiles and mosaics
  • shade structures like pergolas and arbors
  • rustic
  • lower maintenance

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