Law and Order: The Formal Garden

These seven elegant examples of formal gardens are about creating order and controlling nature.

©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

Fountain Formality

This classic formal garden has an amazing vista and is inspired by the Italian gardens of Tuscany. The balance of foliage, hardscaping and water features displays the quintessential style of the classic formal garden.

Boxwood Beauty

Saluting the French style, this garden features French boxwood parterres and fountains. As a formal garden, boxwoods are sculpted into geometric shapes along the lawn walkway.

Oval Elegance

This London garden includes a formal lawn and borders on the upper terrace, and neat square beds and elegant pots on the lower terrace. Brick stairs and walk along with the terra cotta tile lower terrace adds to the formal feel.

Dynamic Formality

Pencil thin cypresses are used as vertical accents to contrast with the rounder, softer-looking perimeter planting in this this simple formal design.

Jacobean Elegance

Rows of topiary trees line the lower terrace of this garden’s walkway. Not far from the tree-lined walk is a border that offers interest even during the colder weather.

Formal and Informal

This 16th-century garden in northeast England this garden was designed in the late 1970s, and include formal topiaries intermingled with loose drifts of flowers.

Domed Borders

A pool is flanked by domes of box wood and Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’ at the Wollerton Old Hall in Shopshire, England. Beyond this tranquil pool is another garden room behind the hedge and beyond that hedge is a beautiful cottage home.

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