Thursday, May 22, 2014
Landscape design is not just about choosing plants and trees and putting them together. It involves choosing different garden styles, from modern Zen and minimalist gardens to romantic and formal traditional designs.
Most gardens in Metro Manila are characterized by tropical or modern themes. However, some homeowners favor formal gardens, which evoke a sense of romance from a bygone era.
Here’s how to incorporate formal landscaping in your garden.
Hedges and spheres
Boxwood hedges are a staple for formal gardens. You can use these to create symmetrical patterns and verdant paths. Inject some life into your boxwood by planting a tree or using a sculpture in the middle of it.
To keep your boxwood hedges looking neat, trim them regularly.
When it comes to bigger gardens, you may also use hedges in concentric squares with a surrounding gravel path. This simple design is formal yet somehow evokes a modern graphic touch as well. To offset the rigidness of the hedges, opt for spherical shrub shapes.
Garden gates and rooms
Use plants and shrubs to form garden gates and rooms. Tall shrubs or trees planted at the entrance of the garden mimic gateposts but provide a verdant alternative. Introduce a play of height in this area by planting smaller plants alongside the tall shrubs or trees.
Create private garden rooms and seating areas by using tall hedgerows as walls. Add trees for some shade and a loveseat to admire the lush view from.
Pyramids and topiaries
Formal gardens take a great deal of trimming and shaping to keep them looking immaculate. For other shrub shapes, the three-sided pyramid is another classic choice. Topiaries trimmed in various shapes add a touch of whimsy in formal gardens.