Garden Design Ideas
Check out these three garden design ideas for your city or country home for a touch of inspiration.
The clients here wanted to marry their modern-style house with its country setting. They asked designer Paul Williams for a planting plan that relied more on shape and texture than color. This is one of four matching borders, each measuring 20 x 10 feet.
Fuchsia magellanica ‘Versicolor'
Perovskia ‘Blue Spire'
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus var. repens
Heuchera ‘Plum Pudding'
Euphorbia x martini (shown cut back)
Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla ‘Black Lace'
Design in Focus
In this design, the plants were chosen specifically for their shape and foliage effect. Plants with contrasting forms are placed next to each other to stimulate visual action, for example, the upright sword-like Phormium against the lower growing Ceanothus. Leaf shape is also considered and the same principle applied, with wispy grasses set against the neat foliage of Euphorbia.
The color scheme is muted with most flowers falling within the blue, purple, and pink range, while the evergreens offer year-round appeal and act as a foil for the skeletal grasses over the winter.
This 11-foot square border is backed by a high stone wall and cherry laurel. The owners asked designer Paul Williams for shade-tolerant planting that would mirror the formality of the adjacent garden. The plants here are mostly green with the odd splash of color.
Dryopteris affinis 'Cristata'
Hosta 'Krossa Regal'
Design in Focus
To emphasize the formality of the garden on the other side of the path, this border (of which this is one section) is broken up with yew "buttresses" every 10 feet. Each section contains a simple planting and an urn or feature plant. Foliage is important: the plants need to be shapely and shade tolerant. Seasonal plants in the stone urn can contrast with or complement the surrounding plants.
Adam Frost designed this city garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London in 2007. Soft red bricks are the perfect foil for the color-themed planting, which is a sumptuous mix of crimson, pink, and mauve.
Salix elaeagnos subsp. angustifolia
Persicaria bistorta ‘Superba'
Rosa ‘Souvenir du Docteur Jamain'
Heuchera ‘Chocolate Ruffles'
Astrantia major ‘Roma'
Design in Focus
At the center of this border, which measures roughly 4 x 6 feet, is a highly fragrant, dark crimson cup-shaped rose, its glossy green leaves forming an open framework for the slim stems of the Persicaria and Astrantia to grow through. These pale pink perennials complement the rich tones of the rose and help reflect light into the design, and are fringed at ground level by a wine-colored Heuchera. The Salix, with its pale green filigree leaves, provides the perfect neutral backdrop to the warm colors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Using Scale and Drawing More Complex Gardening Plans
Essentially, a scale plan is a proportional visual representation of your garden, and you can draw one easily by converting the measurements you took of your garden to one of the scales in this project.
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.
Make a Successful Merger with Fusion Garden Design
Gardens that use a range of styles can easily become confused and jumbled. To maintain clarity in your own fusion garden, check out these examples of the successful merging of styles.
HGTV Dream Home 2005: Landscape Design
For this lakeside home, the landscape architect turned the property into an outdoor oasis.
Mid-sized Plants: Just Right for Your Garden Design
Not too tall but not groundcover either, mid-sized plants are just right. These bulbs, small shrubs, grasses and perennials can jump-start your creativity, and their speedy growth means you won't wait long for their rewards.
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