Garden style and design

The design of a garden is clearly influenced by one’s personal ideas.

When designing a garden it is crucially important to ensure that you’re going for a theme of some sort. However nice the individual aspects of a garden might be, if they are haphazardly placed and mismatched, the garden will end up looking messy to anyone who hasn’t seen it through the eyes of the designer. It is therefore important to not only plan the shape of the garden, but also to match the items that will be placed within it.

So take a look at what layouts are available to you and what items you are thinking
of placing, whether you enjoy sitting by water features on a hot summer’s day, or you enjoy cosying up to your netbook on the bench for a bit of sun and Party poker. A well-designed, natural-looking garden that has both organic contents and an organic, smooth, well-matched look is one that will make the owner very happy, along with impressing any visitors.

Some may favor a more formal style of garden, using plants that are not local to the location, along with detailed things such as figurines, fountains, benches etc. These gardens are usually ‘geometric’ in their plan, with obvious straight lines, normal curves and symmetrical balance. Different people may prefer a more normal look and feel for their garden, using many more original plants and things like the rocks and stone naturally available in the region.

According to the extent of your garden, you could even combine the two styles. This can be achieved by incorporating the formal style close to the house and steadily shifting to the informal pattern further away. It all depends upon personal taste. Just bear in mind nonetheless, that ‘nature’ had the first say. The famous English poet of the 18th century, Alexander Pope, who once studied plants and design of gardens, wrote the given words in his poem ‘On Garden Design’. “To swell the terrace, or to sink the grot; In all, let nature never be forgot”.

Well then, get out your graph book and pencil and start designing your rudimentary plan. In subsequent writings, we can concentrate more at the characteristic aspects to integrate in your garden.

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