"Power Gardening": Opulence and Restraint in Your Formal Garden

Design a formal garden inspired by European classical architecture. You don't have to live at Versailles to bring the basics - symmetry, balance, and restraint - to life. In fact, formal gardens work well in small spaces.

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Gardeners who like modern, minimal design may feel drawn to formal gardening for the way it balances a dramatic sense of scale with minimal plantings and hard elements. The central axis of this garden focuses attention on a steel frame and water cube. Olive trees create an avenue to enclose the central lawn, framed by reflective water and decorative border planting. Highly-polished granite paving edges a gazing area, demonstrating how cross-axes, or lines perpendicular to the central line, can be used to great effect.

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