How to pick the right garden style for your garden. Choose from the top 12 garden design ideas to find the one that’s right for your garden.
Establishing a garden style is the first step in creating a garden design.
And it’s also a good starting point if you want to give your garden a lift. It helps you narrow down choices in garden furniture, plants and ornaments. You’re much more likely to find things you’ll really enjoy.
You may already have a garden style without really being aware of it. If so, putting it into words will help you decide which direction you want to go with new planting and furniture. It can help make sure that a big investment, such as a shed or greenhouse, looks how you want it to look.
So here are 12 garden styles to inspire you.
I’ll go into more detail about each one further down this post.
- Cottage garden style
- Traditional garden style
- Formal garden style
- English Country Garden
- Reflecting the architecture of your house
- Outdoor room, also known as urban garden style
- Contemporary/modern garden style
- Mediterranean or ‘dry’ garden style
- Coastal garden
- Exotic or ‘tropical jungle’ garden
- Wildlife garden
- Japanese garden
Cottage garden style
Cottage garden is an easy, pretty, relaxed style. It’s all about the plants and flowers that grow well in your area. It’s colourful and it’s great for small gardens.
The key elements of cottage garden style is lots of flowers, often mixed with grow-your-own veg and a fruit tree. Add in somewhere to sit, read or work. Garden furniture in a cottage garden doesn’t need to match. And there isn’t a particular style of chair, table or bench. It’s just whatever you’ve managed to acquire.
As cottage gardens are often small, they have no lawn, just paths, a courtyard and lots of flowers. But it’s a style that refuses to obey rules. So you can have lots of what you love in your garden.
There’s more about cottage garden style and how to achieve it here.
Traditional and formal gardens aren’t quite the same, but they’re both structured. Even if they are small or middle-sized, they’re usually divided into ‘garden rooms’ with hedges, walls or trellis, each with its own style or function. The practical parts of the garden – for example, veg growing – will be separate from flower growing.
Traditional gardens will have a lawn, a herbaceous border or borders. They are filled with perennials and annuals, with plants planted in three, fives and sevens, or in swathes. Colour schemes and plant combinations are often quite carefully planned.
They’ll also have trees, shrubs, paths, terraces, a focal point – such as sculpture or a sundial – plus sheds or a greenhouse. I particularly liked the traditional garden at the Bath Priory Hotel when I visited in the autumn.
You could argue that ‘traditional garden’ isn’t a garden style, because it overlaps with ‘formal garden’ and ‘English country garden.’
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