A lot of questions come up when you decide to design or redesign your landscape style. Where will this tree go? Where will that shrub go? Will this color paver or brick complement the my landscape? Does this border make my house look fat? (Just kidding). But before you ask any of those questions, you should answer the most important one of all: What landscape style will you have?
Landscape styles are important for a few reasons. First of all, they set the tone of your overall project and give you a clear direction to work towards. But more importantly, the landscape style you choose is a way to reflect your own personality and style through your home and its appearance.
Here is a list and brief description of some of the most common landscape design ideas seen today to give you an idea of the many possibilities available when it comes to choosing your style.
Common Landscape Styles:
Formal landscape: This landscape style is defined by straight lines and solid shapes or geometric shapes. Plants are kept pruned to emphasize a neat, polished appearance.
Informal landscape: An informal landscape is just as it sounds—informal. But that doesn’t mean it’s a mess. The informal style utilizes curvy lines and less-defined shapes to give off a cozy and laid-back look.
Desert landscape: If you live in a climate that is prone to drought and heat, a desert design just might be for you. The style is defined by its use of drought tolerant and adaptable plants, but can still be just as full of life as any other landscape style.
Tropical landscape: The tropical style exudes fullness and color, and large leaves and brilliant colors are its signature. Foliage that is lavish and dense is most often used for the focal points.
English Garden landscape: This overall style incorporates both formal and informal styles that blend together seamlessly to create a laid back yet elegant appearance. Low hedges and dense borders are key features of this style.
Contemporary landscape: This style of landscape has become popular over the years. The use of materials in new and modern ways, defined lines and bold patterns are usually the primary characteristics of the contemporary landscape. Trees and shrubs can be planted in symmetry or not.
Mediterranean landscape: This landscape style comes with its own special category of landscape, and includes the Spanish, Tuscan, French and Southwest styles.
This is obviously just a short and sweet compilation of some of the more popular landscape styles, and many people even choose to mix and match or disregard “styles” completely. Do some research to see which style best suits your own personal taste—and feel free to ask us if you have any questions! Create a landscape garden design that suites your needs.