Ideas for Choosing a Garden Style

Will your garden space be a place to relax or one that has the whole family in mind? Discover the garden features that will work best for your vision.

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©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Formal Garden

Formal Gardens appeal to our sense of order. Much of the pleasure we take from them comes from our love of structure and symmetry. Layouts are usually based on clean lines, shapes such as squares, rectangles, and circles, and regular repeating patterns.

Fire Pits Enhance Patio Entertainment

Fire pits are classic porch heaters that allow homeowners and guests to safely enjoy the heat of wood fires outdoors. They are designed to keep small fires burning for hours while safely containing flame and embers.

Backyard Garden Plot Yields Variety of Vegetables

A well planned backyard vegetable garden plot can yield a bountiful harvest of vegetables from spring into fall. A variety of crops, such as tomatoes, squash and herbs, will flourish in a well watered and sunny spot.

Family-Friendly Backyards

Create a backyard that both adults and children can enjoy. Areas for both play and relaxation will work for all ages, if the space is well designed.

Zen Style Garden

To create a space for adults to escape and relax, consider including a secluded sitting area and water feature for a calming effect.

Create a Backyard that Attracts Wildlife

Backyards designed to attract wildlife will provide hours of entertainment for family and friends. Plants that attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies will add color and movement to the garden.

Low-Maintenance Gardens

If time is a concern, design a garden that will be lower maintenance. Use easy care solutions for walkways, plantings and flower beds.

Use Plants that Adapt to Backyard Environment

When designing a backyard garden, use plants that will readily adapt to the environment and climate. Consider adding features that will help, such as a pond, rock garden or more shade.

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