Colliding Styles: Getting to Know Fusion Gardens
Why be limited by one garden style? Fusion gardens free you up to draw on a number of styles, and combine them to unique and highly personalized effect.
It may be important to some to view different garden design styles strictly, but there's no reason it has to be that way for everyone. Enter fusion design, a way to mix styles to eclectic, deeply personal effect.
Although fusion gardens are relatively unlimited in their innovative uses of planting and features, they remain subject to the basic truths of their space: geometry, with its rectangles, rounds or a combination of both, still dominates layout. Fusion designers tend to resrict their planting palettes to low-maintenance, architectural plants such as bamboos and grasses, to create focal points or sculptural impact.
These plants contrast nicely with a wide range of natural and man-made materials, used in dramatic visual elements or sculptural seating areas. Think steel with stone or concrete with wood. Glass walkways and translucent screens can be lit to create exciting night-time effects. The incorporation of such sophisticated lighting adds texture and interest to the design, while expanding the enjoyment of the space, both functionally and visually, into the evening.
Elegance Expressed: Designing a Formal Garden
If you like classical architecture and symmetrical, geometric design, a formal garden may be for you. Here, we introduce you to key features of formal gardens to consider integrating into your design.
Garden Design Ideas
Check out these three garden design ideas for your city or country home for a touch of inspiration.
Invoke Elegance in an Informal Mediterranean Garden
Mediterranean gardens often manage to be elegant and informal, simultaneously. Here, we share design tips on how to achieve such straightforward style in your own garden.
The Thoroughly Modern Garden
Are you mesmerized by the changing shadows on your patio, as the sun moves through the sky? Do you like minimalist planting and smooth, seamless hardscapes? If so, read on: modernist design may be for you.
Creating a Garden Design Plan
Accurate site and planting plans are a crucial early step in garden design. Drawing them allows you to reality-check your design dreams and avoid costly errors. Get prepared with these tips and ideas.
Knowing What You're Working With: First Steps in Redesign
It pays to think carefully before embarking on a garden redesign. What's your budget? What plantings are possible, given your soil, sun and rainfall? What seasonal surprises or favorite features do you want to keep?
Three Formal Garden Designs for Three Different Spaces
Don't know where to start with your formal garden? Here, we share three designs, two suited for small spaces. Use them for inspiration, or replicate them closely - we won't tell where you found the designs.
HGTV Dream Home 1999: Rosemary Beach
HGTV Dream Home 1999, a glorious tropical retreat in Rosemary Beach, FL, is a dream come true in architecture and decor.
Cane Pattern Decorating Tips
Check out these tips for incorporating it into your decor without going overboard.
Family Gardens From Two Perspectives
Turns out, you can please everyone - in a family garden, that is. Here, two designers take different approaches to the family garden, but with similar results: beautiful, functional areas for socializing and play.
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