Discover Your Garden Style

The first step in garden planning is discovering a style that works best for your budget and lifestyle.

©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

White Design Creates Strong Garden Focal Point

Using white in a garden design will give a sense of purity and spirituality. Create a strong focal point and direct a path toward that point. Play with shapes and color in the garden.

Formal Gardens Created Using Balanced Design

Formal gardens are usually designed in a symmetrical pattern, using clipped hedges to define them. Topiaries will add height and structure. Mini fountains or artwork will provide a focal point.

English Country Style Garden Features Colorful Mix

English style gardens feature classic combinations of colorful mixed perennials that spill over onto gravel or brick pathways.

Urban Styled Garden Mixes Colors and Shapes

Bamboos and grasses, plus topiaries and purple heucheras stand out against painted surfaces in an urban styled garden that focuses on color and shapes.

Mediterranean Gardens Capture Sunny Regional Style

Sun loving lavenders and poppies spill over a gravel walkway in a random fashion mirroring the laid back, sun drenched Mediterranean styled gardens of that region.

Wildlife Gardens Offer Natural Setting for All

Wildlife garden features a wooden walkway lined with naturalistic plantings, such as iris and thistle, with easy access to water for waterlife and aquatic plants.

Contemporary Garden has Underplanted Style

Glossy bamboos are underplanted with white peonies in marble mulch in a green and white minimalist garden.

Family Garden Offers Multi Functional Setting

Family gardens should feature plants that are practically indestructible, plus an area for a play gym or sandbox and a hard surface.