When you’re designing your garden, choosing the style of your outdoor space is the first key decision to make. Then, you can identify the most suitable plants, features and furniture to bring your garden vision to life. There are many garden styles to choose from and here at Emma Pulman Garden Design we can help identify the perfect style for your tastes and space.
As the name suggests, contemporary gardens have a modern feel to them. Think clean minimalism, simplicity and crisp lines. This style make use of timeless materials like concrete, stone, slate and porcelain, with minimal and carefully considered planting. When it comes to plant choice, bamboo, grasses and echinacea work well. With fewer plants, this kind of garden is a great choice if you’re after an attractive but low-maintenance option.
If you want to replicate a relaxing holiday feeling all year round, this style is for you. Inspired by the hot, dry climates of Southern France, Spain and Italy, Mediterranean gardens are characterised by soft, earthy colours and fragrant, hardy plants. Here, olive trees, herbs and succulents meet gravel paths and patterned tiles to create a laid-back, inviting atmosphere. This is one of the more versatile and low-maintenance garden styles – any outdoor space can reflect a Mediterranean atmosphere.
If you dream of a romantic, colourful and informal outdoor space, the cottage garden could be for you. This traditional English garden style tends to be free-flowing with a charming profusion of plants spilling out onto narrow pathways. Flowers and bulbs nestle alongside herbs, vegetables and fruit bushes, complemented by rustic furniture and stone or brick features. Whilst a cottage garden is undeniably lovely, do bear in mind that given the profusion of plants, it can be higher-maintenance option.
A Japanese garden is a serene, calm space of reflection. The meticulous, harmonious design features balanced asymmetry, textural contrast and a variety of carefully placed objects and plants. Additionally, these gentle gardens often incorporate meandering pathways, stepping stones and water features with restrained planting – such as bamboo, grasses and other Japanese plants. A Japanese garden works well in a restricted space, so it can be a good option if you’re after a small but perfectly formed urban retreat.
A natural garden puts sustainability at its core and is designed to be an effective, minimal-intervention ecosystem. Therefore, these spaces typically include a diverse mix of plants to offer food and habitat to wildlife. Accordingly, any materials are renewable and recycled and pesticides are eschewed in favour of biological controls and ecosystems. Natural garden features also include compost heaps and wild-life friendly habitats like bee hotels and ponds.
Formal gardens take inspiration from the classical architecture of Greece and Italy, and are popular in stately homes across Europe. This show-stopping style is characterised by balanced, geometric design. A core tenet of a formal garden is a central axis or pathway, which draws attention to focal points such as water features or sculptures. Then, to complement this, planting in a formal garden features lawns and clipped hedges, to help define spaces and edge borders.
Texture and shape are the dominant design features of a foliage garden, with contrasting plant varieties and forms chosen to give a lush, jungle look. This style casts aside hard edges and formality in favour of organic shapes, dense vegetation and winding paths. With its variety of leaf style and colours, a well-designed foliage garden will look stunning all year round.
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