3 Tips For Creating Classic Garden Style For Your Home

April 10, 2014

When you want to beautify the outside of your home with a classic garden, understanding the elements required to create this traditional look is important. Whether you have a large backyard you want to transform or you are creating styling a small space, these tips will help you get started on a classic garden design.

1. Geometry is key to creating a classic garden

A classic garden style is defined in part by the way it is uniform and symmetrical. As you map out the space where your garden will be, think about where you will place plants and where paths will be. Paths should be straight edged and create a well-defined walking area through the garden space.

2. Minimal color creates a soothing environment

The use of wild, bold colors should be saved for a less formal garden design. You can use a variety of garden plants in subdued hues in a classic garden. Texture, height and once again symmetry is important as you decide where you are going to place plants throughout the garden space. Place similar (if not identical) shrubs and plants directly opposite each other in your garden. Think about the height of your plants and trim down bushes that are not even with the counterpart on the opposite side. As you design the area, minimize distraction by using a lot of greens and shrubs. Well placed spots of color can be effective if used sparingly.

3. Give your garden good bones

The bones of your garden, or the walls, borders, trellises, and pots used, should give your garden a symmetrical look even if there are no plants in the garden. A well designed formal garden has interest even in the winter months when there are no plants blooming. With an organized structure and a solid foundation, you can create a beautiful garden design that you can change out simply by changing a few plants.

A traditional garden requires a strong design but if you use hardy plants that don’t grow large, the garden itself will require minimal upkeep beyond basic weeding and watering.