Sampling Styles: Different Gardens on Display

Garden design is as wide ranging as the sites where it occurs, and adaptable to different sites and climates. Here are some examples from a diverse array of styles to inspire you to think about your own garden.

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Prairie Planting DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

The Power of Plants

Prairie-style planting is a dramatic way to create naturalistic swathes of color over a large area.

Open Backyard DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Space to Play

The open space and minimal planting in this garden offer the flexibility to accommodate many uses.

Eclectic Wooden Outdoor Space DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Eclectic Influences

Combining different design elements can create a space that equals more than the sum of its parts.

Modern Garden with Contemporary Materials DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Minimalism Updated

Modern materials, strong lines and understated planting give this design a bold, contemporary edge.

Mediterranean Pergola DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Softening a Hard Edge

Flowering plants trained across a pergola and a wall of packed rough rocks soften the hard feel of stark white supports.

Contrasting Foliage Plants DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Leafy Mix

Plants with colorful and attractively shaped leaves lend a lush, exotic look to contemporary designs.

Copious Cottage Garden DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Cottage Dream

Generously filled borders and a haphazard approach to planting are typical of the cottage garden style.

Small Garden Ponds Provide Wildlife Habitat DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Wildlife Habitats

Even small garden ponds and boggy areas provide an excellent habitat for a wide range of wildlife.

Outdoor Garden Sitting Area DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Urban Living

Ever-decreasing outdoor space is forcing gardeners and designers to develop creative new solutions. An outdoor living room helps you maximize your garden space for dual use.

Parterre Planted with Geometric Box Hedging DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Formal Rules

A parterre, or formal planting bed, surrounded by box hedging illustrates the symmetry and geometry of the formal garden style.

Modern Figure Sculpture in Garden Design DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Sculptural Surprises

Modern garden designers are constantly pushing the boundaries to create and develop new styles and new uses, like an outdoor spot for practicing yoga.

Vegetables and Herb Fusion Garden DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Productive Patch

Attractive vegetables and herbs integrate easily into most garden styles, even where space is limited.

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