To achieve the orderly, palatial feel of a traditional formal landscape design, your professional landscape designer will utilize order, structure, massing, and carefully laid out walkways to create the formality many covet in the garden. How does one achieve the structured and elegant atmosphere of a formal garden? We suggest the following strategies:
Create order and structure in the garden: The strong, linear definition which substantial paths and walkways can bring to a garden is the backbone to the overarching formal garden design. Brick, concrete, gravel, slate or stone walkways function as a grounding element around which the remaining design will focus. Utilizing these earthy materials in straight or geometric patterns can infuse the concept with a definitive European flair. For front walks, patios and driveways, this means perfect venues in which to create exceptional curb appeal.
Primary mass planting is green: While some brighter colors are used sparingly, green is the predominant color. Evergreens, trees, shrubs and grasses providing a tapestry of differently textured shades of greens as classic formal landscape design selections. When closely clipped shrubs line the walks and the other garden “layers” exude precise order and refinement, the result can be a decidedly soothing atmosphere throughout your whole design.
Utilize container plants: The use of urns and ornate container planters filled with boxwood topiaries or colorful annuals really brings a cohesive feel to the garden. These splashes of artistic detail are again reminiscent of Old World style.
Include focal points: While a large urn or planter can be utilized in this way, incorporating an attractive statue or water feature can bring yet another dimension to the garden space.
Finally, what is a garden if there is no place to stop and smell the proverbial roses? Your lovely design can be appreciated for more than just a pass-through when you also plan seating nooks with a stone bench or table and chairs – strategically placed to give full or partial visual sweep to your picturesque formal landscape design.
For excellent video instruction on formal garden design, check out Aardweg Landscaping’s videos on YouTube to be delighted and inspired as you learn about formal garden design and plant selection.
Lending his professional design expertise to every project, Steve Aardweg of Aardweg Landscaping creates designs and installations that are naturally suited to the southeastern Pennsylvania, Main Line and metropolitan Philadelphia environment.
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