Find The Perfect Style For Your Garden
Mediterranean gardens can be either formal or informal and are inspired by the hot dry climates of southern France, Italy and Spain. Drought tolerant planting including lavender rosemary, olive trees, and vines are flanked with gravel and grit to recreate the arid look. This style can be easily adapted to the British climate however some Mediterranean plants don’t like our wet winters and need protection during colder months.
Cottage style gardens are very popular with their abundant planting that encroaches narrow pathways with masses of colourful scented flowers. This quintessential English style dates back to when people grew their own fruit and vegetables in country locations and this romantic style captured the hearts of many city dwellers. Traditional rectangular garden layouts can be softened by a profusion of planting in this way.
Urban gardens have to tick a number of boxes. Providing a space for entertaining relaxation and play, planting has to be an integral part of its overall design to make it work and function well especially in a restricted space… Becoming either plant filled havens or functional spaces, most urban gardens are a place to escape from hectic city life and although often restricted in size, these spaces require minimal design and repetitive patterns for maximum impact.
Many people today are going for wildlife-friendly gardens. These gardens incorporate plants and structures that attract native wildlife including birds butterflies and small mammals. With log piles, bug hotels and bird boxes these gardens are designed to bring in wildlife which is fascinating to watch. Wildlife can play a natural role in keeping down pests such as slugs and aphids and can cut down the necessity to use chemicals. Many species of plants are attractive to pollinating insects and wildlife gardens can be adapted to any sized space.
Formal gardens tend to have a balanced design symmetry and a clearly thought out floor plan. Using both hard and soft landscaping techniques, they have a geometric structure which often involves a central feature like a water feature or gazebo. The advantage of formal garden design is adaptability as they can be scaled to fit both large or tiny urban spaces with a degree of careful planning.
Contemporary gardens incorporate crisp clean lines which can be applied to either small or larger spaces. With the absence of cluttered details and the important use of space, there is a strong emphasis on the geometric layout. Materials tend to include natural stone and wood and, the planting becomes an integrated part of the overall design. Well-pruned and clipped hedges like Box or standard planting in simple blocks create a visually appealing setting to return to after a hectic day. Water is often used to create either reflection, movement or sound for an added multi-sensory feel.
“Small gardens can really benefit from clever design. Small structures and additional items like water features can be incorporated on a micro-scale as well as larger designs”.
Whether you go for a cottage style garden which are very popular with abundant planting which encroach narrow pathways with colourful scented flowers or something a bit more urban. Either way, providing a space for entertaining relaxation and play can interpreted with relative ease we can interpret virtually any design you have in mind.
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