Finding the right garden style that works for you and your outside space can be a little daunting. With so many styles and themes to choose from, where do you start? Here, we’ve selected our four top garden styles and offered a few top tips for planting and creating each look.
Structured and well-defined, traditional gardens are usually divided into garden ‘rooms’, created through the clever use of clipped hedging, stone walls, pergolas and trellis. They offer variety, whilst retaining an un-mistakeable traditional garden narrative. You’ll find everything from a meticulously preened lawn and vegetable patch to pretty herbaceous borders filled with annuals and perennials, all in a traditional setting. Many of these garden spaces also feature well placed focal points – a terrace or path may lead to a thoughtfully chosen garden statue, sundial or bird bath, adding personality and charm.
Gardens with a contemporary edge use sharp, clean design lines to transform them into modern outside spaces. The use of geometric forms as well as hard materials such as wood, steel and stone, adds minimalism and form to these chic gardens.
But they don’t need to be cold and characterless. By adding textural planting, lively water features and soft fabrics, contemporary gardens can feel cosy, inviting and can be enjoyed (almost) all year round.
Exotic-style gardens teem with bold colours, lush greenery and vacation-vibes. Whilst not all tropical plant species will survive the great British weather, there are still plenty of ways you can create your very own outdoor holiday hideaway. Tropical gardens are characterised by bounteous planting, from ground-level foliage to sky-high palms, all in a dizzy array of textures and shades of green. When complemented by bright pops of colour from plants, furniture, fabrics or even a hammock, these exotic spaces are warm and welcoming.
Five of our favourite exotic plants that can be easily grown in the UK:
For added punch: Our RHS Wisley Exotic Garden Fountain features a stylised flower design and a tropical custom-made pineapple finial.
Mediterranean-style gardens will easily transport you back to summer holidays on the continent. In these laid back gardens and landscapes, paving and gravel replaces manicured lawns for a more textural, warming feel. This relaxed look continues throughout the rest of the garden by the use of carefully selected plants that thrive in dry, sunny climes.
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