Garden Style - The Choices are Many!

Landscape design works best when you have an underlining idea of the style you like. What are the possibilities? Here are a few different styles of gardens which can be applied to your space. In deciding which style is best for you to keep in mind the style should be compatible and compliment the style of your home.



Order and symmetry accompanied by meticulously maintained roses and hedge rows typically define a formal garden. Contrary to this, some current designers have been using more textured plantings and ornamental grasses in contemporary interpretations of the formal garden. Elements often include statues, birdbaths, and sundials centered on a traditional fountain.


Contemporary: The latest trends, colors, and styles make their appearance in contemporary gardens, typically paired with new and bold architecture. Often mistaken with “Modern” contemporary gardens are considered to be what’s cool and in the “now.” Contemporary is constantly changing reflecting the latest’s cutting-edge materials, lighting, and recreation trends.



Think mid-century bold shapes and strong lines, Modern landscapes represent a style popularized in the 1950s and 1960’s. Modern gardens are known for their clean aesthetic and sophisticated style. Often organized, modern gardens will feel minimal with a focus on architectural plantings that highlight the geometries of the building architecture. Pops of personality and color are typically added in plantings, furniture, and sometimes even a lawn flamingo.

Low-Water Garden: Becoming increasingly popular in the West, Low-Water Gardens strive to increase sustainability by reducing or eliminating the need for landscape irrigation. Contrary to how they may be perceived Low-Water gardens don’t necessarily need to be gold or brown. There are many drought-tolerant plantings that can provide flowers and greenery. Understanding your climate and planting zone is key to making sure your Low-Water Garden is successful.

tropical garden


If you love the idea of a tropical garden but don’t live in a tropical climate you may be in luck. There are many plants that are tropical in appearance be don’t require that you live in a tropical climate.   Acanthus, Wild Ginger, Bergenia, Canna, Mahonia, and Ferns will exude a tropical vibe just to name a few. No tropical garden would be complete without a hammock, the sound of running water and a Mai Tai in hand.

Rustic: This style of garden naturally compliments a farmhouse, Victorian, ranch, and rustic architecture. These lush and informal gardens are designed for wandering and enjoyment. Dense and diverse plantings ensure that there is always something new to be found. Rustic Gardens typically include white picket fences, brick, cast iron benches, and separate outdoor rooms.  


Cactus Garden:

Landscaping with cactus can often lead to creating a dramatic statement. Plants such as Yuccas, Agave, Tamarisks, and Succulents complete the dessert appeal of desert gardens. Sculptural boulders, gravel, aggregate concrete walks, and Adobe are representative material elements in these water conscious gardens.

Coastal: If you don’t have the luxury of living by the beach that doesn’t mean you can’t bring the beach to you! Coastal gardens are simple and relaxed representing the laid-back beach lifestyle. Coastal gardens vary by region, Coastal gardens of Southern California don’t look the same as coastal Gardens of Washington State.  Coastal gardens incorporate regional coastal plantings that flutter in the wind, look natural and promote a seaside atmosphere. If you do live near the coast, landscaping may present some challenges, salty winds and sandy soil make careful plant selection an important factor in success. Coastal gardens typically include Unstained wood, wicker furnishings, shutters, loose gravel, and sea shells collected on beach walks. No matter where you live creating a coastal garden will ensure you can enjoy an escape any time of the day.