The first step in designing a successful landscape is to select a style type that suits both your personality and your home’s architecture. Are you a four square symmetrical Federal style home that begs for formal topiary gardens? Or a fly by the seat of your pants with a quaint New England informal cottage garden? In addition to climate, sun exposure, soil and many other factors which vary with location, we consider key elements in achieving the perfect design for your home or business.
Achieving balance in a formal garden is usually as easy as having one side, mirror the other.
Design for a symmetrical home with an informal garden is to balance the size, number, texture, and color of your plantings.
This is important to have the proper size plantings for the scale of your home or business – you wouldn’t put a 12” bush in front of a three story office complex.
The most straight forward design principle is repetition, use the same element several times.
This is most evident in a formal garden, a hint of it can be used in an informal garden, a flowing natural garden is always pleasing to the eye. Sometimes straight lines created by pathways, walls, pergolas and hedges can be more tranquil than a jumble of plants and structures.
There are probably more theories on using color in the garden than there are weeds in yours. Some gardeners prefer soft pastels such as light yellows, pinks, and blues which appear to recede and make the garden feel roomy. Others like vivid colors, they like it hot and fill their landscapes with red, orange, and school bus yellows, which dominate the scene and make the garden feel alive.
Contrast is the most effective weapon against boredom. When it comes to creating interesting plant relationships, opposites attract. Whether it’s texture, color, scale, or shape, a little contrast brings life to a garden.