Garden Design and Style Types
A park-like setting is represented in the European Design, using ornamental grasses and shrubberies. A woodland framework with graveled walkways and flowerbeds within frequently characterizes this style. .
Bright, flamboyant flowers and large foliage are common in the Tropical Design. Small trees are often used in the back of the garden, hanging over the smaller plants to create density in the overall look.
Often referred to as the Zen Garden, the Asian Style reflects a sense of serenity, creating harmony and “oneness” with nature. Simplicity is a key factor to this design. It often uses materials such as stones, lanterns, or pagodas, with plants and flowers as ornamental backdrops. Green is the primary color used. Still water, such as ponds or pools also creates a calming effect.
Modern and abstract best describe the Contemporary Garden design. This style uses a mixture of special lighting and artistic design of modern materials. The use of plants is often limited to a couple of varieties that blend with the surroundings.
In contrast to the Asian Garden, the Formal Style attempts to take charge and “rule” over nature and its surroundings by using extreme geometrical and symmetrical design in the use of hedges and walls. It is often characterized with a central point of vision, such as a fountain or statue. A limited number of plants are used in the Formal Design to achieve a structured appearance.
With the Eclectic Design, one finds much more freedom and individuality. This design uses a mixture of plants and flowers and the style centers more on the personal preference of the designer.