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Designer Landscape Styles
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement
Your first concern when starting a new landscaping project is the
style. The style of your landscape should match the style of your
house, but it's also an indication of your personality and style.
Before selecting a landscape style, there are several factors that
should be considered.
• What level of maintenance accommodates to your everyday life? Do
you enjoying spending time in your garden or are you looking for the
appeal without the heavy keep up?
• What shapes and sizes will match your architecture best?
• What kind of light does your yard receive? What type of weather
does it receive?
• What do you plan to use your yard for?
• How much traffic will it be getting?
• Which style best suits your personal taste and creates the curb
appeal most desired?
• What features of your yard are you planning on keeping and what
features will you sacrifice?
There are several distinct landscape styles to choose from. Each of
these styles expresses a single character and unique style. Often a
homeowner will integrate aspects of many different landscape styles
and create a unique design suited to their needs.
Formal Landscape: This style using straight lines and geometrical
shapes to create an orderly, closely managed garden effect. Much
maintenance is required for the formal appeal.
Informal Landscape: This style uses curved beds creating a very
random appearance. Those with family's consisting of young children
prefer the informal design.
English Garden Style: This style can be varied; including both
formal and informal layout. The lawn, surrounded by perennial
borders, hedges and gates, and benches are some of the key aspects
of the style.
Oriental Landscape: This style incorporates rocks, evergreens and
water. It includes a variety of striking plants, stones, and water
Woodland Landscape: This style requires the least amount of
maintenance because it is created by letting the wild life grow in
its own unique way. It blends in with the woodwork and sloping
Organic Gardens: Organic gardens avoid the use of chemical treatment
on plants, and instead used natural fertilization and pest control.
Xeriscape Gardens: This style utilizes the amount of water used for
your garden by integrating low water plants and flowers. The design
is created to reduce water evaporation.
As a homeowner, look at where you spend most of your time and really
focus on ways of enhancing that area and the view from those places.
Once you have seriously reviewed what you have to work with and what
appeal you are keen to, you should know what style your landscape
will be and what function it will perform for you. As always, a
professional landscape designer can help you with these decisions.