Form: Curving lines, rounded corners
Planting: More flowers, brighter colors, green shrubs, and species diversity
Materials: Stone, brick, warmer neutral tones
Elements: More ornamentation
Planting: Few to no flowers, muted colors, emphasis on heights and textures
Materials: Wood, concrete, cool gray tones
Elements: No ornamentation. Emphasis on materiality
Planting: Recognizable shapes and patterns, geometric groupings, straight rows, use of symmetry.
Elements: More polished looking. More ornamentation. Refined textures: stainless steel, smooth stone, tile,
Reflecting the natural way that fauna grows in a wooded area, the Woodland Style has a less manicured appearance than many of the other garden styles. This would be a good choice if you do not wish to spend a lot of time on maintenance.
As more people learn about the harmful effects of many chemicals, growing plants organically has become more popular. That means rather than chemical fertilizers or sprays, practicing natural methods of pest control and fertilization.
Remember, you will spend a lot more time in your yard if you have a landscape design that you are happy with. And, if you have a yard you can enjoy on a regular basis, it’s like gaining a room in your home.
Informal natural Gardens
Planting: No recognizable shapes or patterns, no straight lines. Amorphous, naturalistic groupings. More species diversity.
Elements: Not fancy. Humble materials. Rough around the edges. Often rougher textures – corten steel, gravel, decomposed granite, weathered wood.