Design Your Dream Garden

Simple how-to tips for four of the most popular landscape design styles: mixed, cottage, Modernist and naturalistic gardens.
From: DK Books - Design Your Garden

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Mixed Garden Plan Contains Many Elements

A plan for a mixed garden includes beds and borders, paths and pavings, plus garden accents. This type of garden design is based on the personal preference of the homeowner.

Mixed Planting Garden

Mixed borders, or mixed planting beds, are those that combine shrubs and perennials. They are more visually appealing, more varied, more interesting. The cottage garden style is frequently applied to mixed plantings.

Cottage Garden Plan

A garden plan that captures the old fashioned charm of an English cottage garden. It features border plantings that mix perennials, shrubs, and bulbs.

Cottage Chaos

Cottage gardens may look chaotic but to achieve this look, plantings have to be carefully planned to keep the show going throughout summer.

Modern Planting Plan

Contemporary landscape design is a relatively new garden style that complements modern architecture. Abstract patterns, combined with unique uses of lighting, textures, and space, create an outdoor space with sophistication.

Geometric Garden Blocks

The repeated plants and geometric shapes of this Australian garden show the graphic qualities of the Modernist design. Plants suited for the climate are used like dryland tea trees clipped into lollipops and tufty ornamental grasses.

Naturalistic Garden Plan

A design plan for naturalistic gardening describes a nature influenced design style. It uses plantings rather than hardscape and often echoes the layers of plantings seen in nature.

Imitating Nature

Mimicking the way plants grow in nature, naturalistic style planting uses mostly native plants which are set out in random groupings. When designing this style, take note of the site and soil and select plants that will flourish.

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