What’s Your Style?: Formal Gardens
All About the Formal Garden
The Formal Garden is very neat and orderly. It’s based on strong geometric shapes and symmetry: if there’s a tree on one side of a path, you can expect to see the exact same tree on the other side.
Plantings are always pruned neatly – boxwood is a popular pick for this. You’ll also see lots of straight lines and — if there are curves, they’re based on circles (not squiggly lines). One more thing: Formal Gardens often have a centered focal point like a pot or fountain that adds to symmetry.
Basically, Formal Gardens are uncluttered and crisply defined — the complete opposite of a Cottage Garden.
So, does the Fomal Garden fit your personality? Answer these questions to find out:
- Is your home orderly, neat and clean?
- Are you an organized person?
- Do you have a subscription to Traditional Home Magazine? (If not, I highly recommend it!)
If you answered “yes” to at least two questions, Formal Style gardens might be the right style for you!
Now, does the Formal Garden style fit your home? Answer these questions to find out:
- Is your home Victorian, Colonial or Ranch style?
- Is there a lot of symmetry to your house?
If you answered “yes” to these questions and the ones above, congrats — a Formal Style Garden is the style for you!
*Ready to start designing? Design your Formal Front Garden online today!
Also, stay tuned for our Formal Garden Photo Collection on Thursday.
This article was written by Jessy Berg, professional landscape designer & co-founder of Habitat Design. Habitat Design provides full-service online landscape design planning for small and mid-sized gardens, & an online store of unique garden & home furnishings — all at an affordable price. Jessy believes that beautiful gardens should be accessible & affordable for everyone. Check out Habitat Design >