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Garden design: how to choose the right style for your garden

When you have to design a new garden or think about reshaping that "old", you often have a lot of doubts about the use and style. A green space, small or large, can be used in many ways, especially if family members have particularies needs: whether or not the vegetable garden, the type of furniture, the forms or the presence of pets can be elements Essential  that will fundamentally change the shape and purpose of our garden.

But let us see what styles we can rely on in the various cases and needs:

1- Rustic garden: Is characterized by the colors of flowers and plants, often used in English style.Each area is geographically divided by walk path that separate the various areas where  walk and reach the central patio and the house.

The key elements of this garden are the characteristic (1) rustic furniture, such as wooden benches wrapped in growing plants that will make the appearance even more "consumed" and lived, contributing to giving a more natural appearance to the garden; The "(2) ruined floor" or at least in style with the type of garden; (3) tree / bow of intense pink roses to awaken the senses during walks; (4) Cut flowers (Achillea, Digitalis Purpurea, Aquilegia, Peony, etc.) and plants that can be associated with this can help to control parasite attacks better.

The ultimate advice is to give a sense of curiosity and mystery as the central theme of the garden, to make it even more fascinating.

2-Mediterranean garden: Is a kind of garden created in holiday homes or in Mediterranean areas where plants are particularly exposed to the sun, such as olive trees, lavender plants or vines for example. Water (1) is the fundamental element to create the atmosphere but also a focal point of the garden, such well as a (2) shadow area (often obtained thanks to the presence of a tree) necessary to "stemperate" Garden from the heat, You should not miss either (3) succulent plants such as agave or yucca, or typical Mediterranean like lavender or rosemary. The (4) terracotta pots and parts of the floor covered with (5) gravel can help make the garden more fascinating.

The advice to make this kind of garden unique is to try to create contrasts between sun and shade and enrich it with sparkling and bright colors (flowers such as fuchsia, for example or colored jars).
Typical Mediterranean garden to see: Majorelle Gardens of Marrakech and  Jardines Generalife of Granada.

3-Modernist garden: Creativity, definition and celebration of spaces, are the basis for the success of this particular style.

The use of (1) modern materials is a first step if you want to make such a garden. The (2) block plants like hedges are used to create a sense of movement and emphasize the night lights. (3) The modern decor is fundamental as well as a (4) surface of water, necessary to create daytime reflections and night light games,

The advice to make this kind of garden unique is to play with lights and shadows, to "breathe" and give life to the garden itself.

4-Japanise garden: We have known and admired them mainly through television and the internet and appreciated for their meticulously and harmoniously decorative forms and decorative elements.

The essential elements that should not be missing in this garden are: (1) Japanese evergreen  plants with full and dense shapes, ideal for modeling that take different colors during the fall and the colder months; (2) fountains, ponds and water mirrors that help to reflect the surrounding surfaces. In small gardens, it may be useful to install a tsukubai, a small stone basin; (3) symbolic ornaments such as lanterns, stone basins, pagodas where the size of the garden allows; (4) pebble path-way through the garden leading to the tea room. The path, made with flat and wide rocks, can be inserted between trees (eg maples) or between (5) bamboo rods.

The Japanese garden is connect symbolically and spiritually with the landscape.

5-Productive garden: Many may be useful to divide the spaces available for both vegetables and flowers, to create a beautiful garden to be seen and at the same time productive and useful for food purposes. In this way, even the smallest garden can be organized and subdivided into "areas" to attribute colors, scents, and various qualities. From herbs, to vegetables, through fruit trees, to the finest flowers, every space, if well organized, can become a cause of immense joy both during the preparation and the result obtained.

The key elements to creating a functional and beautiful production garden are: (1) paths way that delimit the various sectors and allow easy access to all areas for picking vegetables or treating flowers; (2) rustic supports that support both roses and vegetables during growth and serve as ornaments in the vegetable garden and in the garden; (3) plants in a row a in the vegetable garden so as to give a sense of order overall; (4)  ornaments like terracotta pots to beautify the context.

6-Family garden: It is a garden conceived in any style but suitable for family spaces. It must therefore include play areas for the young, spaces to sit, but above all, an area to eat all together.

The key elements of this garden should be (1) children's games, such as the swing or the pool or giant chessboard, etc. ; (2) colored materials to give a touch of cheerfulness to the environment; (3) an area to sit together to be able to have lunch or dine in the summer where to add a barbecue; (4) resistant plants that endure any "maltreatment" of children and pets.

7-Urban gardens: Creating an urban garden is not always easy as you will need to find space for greening, relaxation, gaming and entertainment where space, in general, there is never too much! it's here that creativity must come out trying to include some of the key elements such as (1) design furniture that are always great in both garden and home. Knowing how to play well with (2) lights can create a great effect if your garden illuminates a penthouse in a large city where guests are often waiting for sunburn; The use of (3) trees such as lemon, hornbeam or holly oak can be useful to keep your privacy from looking at landscaped gardens, thanks to their extensive foliage; (4) stylistic wall or glass styling components purchased by designers can finally embellish the look of an urban garden.

8-Formal garden: Is the classic garden that we often encounter when we enter some European historical building. It represents the classical Greek and Italian architecture. It is a symmetrical garden in the center of which, often, there is a fountain, from which various axes start, focusing on the center of the garden itself. Plants trees and any constructions are perfect geometric geometries.
It is no coincidence that one of the key elements of this garden is the (1) symmetry first, which serves to keep "unchanged"the focal point of the garden itself; (2) statues of gods or mythological creatures, They often find themselves in this kind of garden or, in modern design, subjects and abstract works placed at the focal point (giant cubes, mirrors and more) .The hedges are often the subject of works of (3) topiary art, useful in giving shape And personality to some areas of the gardens, you should not miss (4) various ornaments such as ancient vessels, for example, or (5) natural pavement to make the environment of the garden more distinctive.

 

Among other styles not mentioned, see also concept garden, fashion garden, foliage garden, eco-sustainable garden or country garden.

 

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