Themes to choose from
Once you engage us to draft a Landscape Design for you, we would like to understand which style you prefer, so we can design along the lines you enjoy. We will also suggest what suits your site, climate etc.
We are going for a 'feel' here. Often, when we walk into a beautiful garden we are not sure why we like it and do not immediately focus on individual elements in the garden, but just we know we like it and have a good feeling about it. Its the same when looking at images of styles, don't overthink it, go for what immediately grabs you. This enables us to undesrtand the look you're after and we can then design a garden that doesn't necessarily use the same elements and plants as the image you chose but helps us undesrtand the look you are going for.
Take a look at the Styles and Themes below and choose 1 - 3 or more images of Themes and Styles you would like to achieve in your garden. Sometimes people like more than one style and our challenge is to successfully merge 2 or even 3 styles.
If you don't see anything you like please have a look at images on my Pinterest account that you like.
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A contemporary garden, also known as a 'modern garden', can be defined by the use of 'clean' design lines and hard materials such as stone, hardwood or even steel. It reduces organic features to a large extent and incorporates geometric forms as well as relationships between geometry elements.
A classic garden design that draws inspiration from classical European styles, particularly those of ancient Greece and Rome. These gardens often feature a formal layout, symmetry, geometric shapes, and a sense of order and balance.
A tropical garden design style is all about the density of planting. Tropical plants are mostly about the leaves rather than the flowers; many have glossy, and often quite large, leaves with patterns on them, or foliage that has distinctly different colours on the top and underside.
Overall, It is an effort to create gardens that both mimic and are in unity with nature, often referred to as “prairie”, “meadow” or “wild”-style planting. Grasses are extensively used as are perennials in 'drifts'
Naturalistic planting, when done well, is an artistic representation and invocation of wilder spaces – creating areas of planting suggestive of meadow, woodland, prairie or riverbank. It is, therefore, a style of gardening that mimics the look of natural landscapes.
Japanese gardens incorporate three basic principles: reduced scale, whereby landscapes are miniaturised; symbolisation with stones and rocks grouped to represent features such as mountains and islands; and raked sand and gravel symbolising rivers, and borrowed view, using existing scenery and plants.