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Landscaping Styles- Ideas and Inspirationjoanna2017-09-05T03:38:33+00:00
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Define your style. Draw inspiration; check out our style inspired landscape galleries. Scroll down the page for a brief look at what elements can be used to create your favourite landscape style.Click hereto go to our inspirational landscape galleries on Pinterest, with our collection of landscape images grouped by their styles.
Modern landscapes are about clean lines, defined area, and attention to detailing in the hardscaping.
Modern landscapes are about clean lines, defined areas, and attention to detailing in the hardscaping. Plants in a modern landscape become an accessory or decoration rather than the main event.
Modern landscapes tend to make practical use of the space, turning a garden into an extension of the house as an outdoor room. You can create a modern landscape over a large open area or incorporate it into a small courtyard to gain maximum use out of the small area.
Common features in a modern landcape include raised garden beds, built in seating, and long tiles or pavers. Often a low maintance approach is implemented, including artificial grass and garden edgings to keep everything contained to where it belongs.
You might also expect a landscaper to include a mixture of textures, such as loose pebbles, carefully contained, to border a paved area, or a decked area interrupted by a line of pavers for no reason other than styling.
Almost any style of plants could be incorporated into a modern landscape, as long as they have their appointed place in the carefully designed garden beds or pots. You could also incorporate mass planting of one particular plant to tie in to the modern garden.
Think tiles and iron work. Mediterranean inspired landscaping might include plants that grow edibles; olive trees, citrus, grape vines, herbs, fig trees and pomegranate trees. Or you may opt for an amazing pop of colour with a bougainvillea.
Mediterranean landscaping calls for a casual elegance, and suitable for an outdoor lifestyle. Opt for trickling water from tiered garden fountains, terracotta pots, Roman columns, and boccie ball courts.
If you’re interested in portraying a traditional Mediterranean landscape, you may want to include high walls for sanctuary. Add shade from pergolas, loggias, arbours and arcades. Use finely textured plantings and also hedges. Plaster your walls, and tile your floors with travertine. Decorate your garden beds with urns and statues.
Inspired by English gardens, French styled landscaping incorporates a cool colour palette, with emphasis on whites, greens, blues and purples. Concrete ballustrading and cast iron seating find themselves right at home in a french inspired landscape.
Trees planted in a straight line will also help bring the french influence to your garden. Use hedges to border your walkways and to contain your garden beds, keep shrubs neatly clipped to shape, standardise plants, and use lavender in abundance. A favourite material of any french garden is stone, used for paving, edging, statues and stairs.
French landscapes can be neat, using symmetry and geometry, but still posses qualities of a lush, green romantic garden.
The Balinese landscaping style has become more popular in the Western world for creating a tropical, resort style feel.
Similar to a tropical styled landscape in most ways due to Bali’s tropical climate, you can add a touch of the Balinese styling with a few specific items.
Consider garden art or ornaments, such as Buddhas, umbrellas, woodcarvings and water features to enhance the feel of Bali in your landscape. Have pebbles, either loose or mosaic, meeting timber boardwalks.
Your landscape should be purposed for relaxation, making use of bamboo both growing and used in screening and structures. You could incorporate a thatch roofed hut for shade, add a day bed with beautiful bright colours for the throw pillows and mattress. Finish off your Balinese styled landscape with a pool or water feature.
A coastal landscape serves two purposes; to represent the natural landscape of the coast with it’s colour palette, choice of materials and plantings, and also may be necessary if living on the coast that the materials and plant choices will stand up to the salty breezes.
Use greys, blues, and dusty greens to mimic the natural landscape of the coast. Weathered wood within the landscape can suggest driftwood. Loose pebbles are reminiscent of the sandy beaches.
Plant choices will consider what will grow in the coastal environment. The look of the hardscape may depend on whether you opt for a nautical look, the weather beaten natural look, or incorporate a modern look, but the plants will still be limited to what will grow near the coast.
Using plants similar to what you will find growing naturally in the dunes is one solution. Tough, succulent ground covers next to rocks and pebbles can create an authentic coastal landscape, as well as fine leaved plants, grass plants that can move with the ocean breezes, and plants with a silver or blue hue.
Palm trees and outdoor showers are welcome here too.
Tropical landscapes can make a garden feel like we’re on permanent vacation, tucked away in a tropical resort. Think swimming pools, in any shape or size whether a small plunge pool, long, straight lap pool, a curved family sized pool or a beautifully custom installed pool designed with an abundance of rocks to blend in to the landscape like a natural spring.
The most important feature, however, is the tropical plants that adorn the landscape. Broad leaved, shade loving plants in all colours are welcome here; ferns, palms and bird of paradise alike. You can incorporate densely plants garden beds or stand alone palms, pool side or in sandy coloured pots.
Hardwood decking will help you enjoy your tropical oasis and contrast beautifully to your ferns. Make sure to add plenty of seating so you can stay a while, and provide shade for both yourself and your plants.
A mix of formal and informal styles, English landscaping conjures imagery of loose stone paths that crunch beneath the feet and floral escapades.
Whether hoping to emulate the sweeping countrysides or a small English cottage garden, your paths should never be straight. Make them wind and curve, use cobblestone, loose stones, bricks or natural stone.
Use mass layering and confine them within low hedge borders. For seating you might consider benches to sit within the garden and at the end of those winding paths.
Add bird baths or ponds, use an abundance of English roses and other flowering plants. Low white picket fences at the front should sit in amongst more flowering plants. Make an entrance with a garden arch and cover with climbing roses.
Create a place for peaceful contemplation with a garden inspired by Japanese landscaping.
In a traditional Japanese landscape, you can expect asymmetry and a strong connection to natural elements. Consider raised walkways that take you through the landscape, over and around Koi ponds that are aerated by waterfalls made from natural stone and bamboo spouts. If not water, then at least the representation of water, with dry creek beds or sand raked like waves.
Rocks can be natural stone or loose pebbles, but any stone man made will need to be added with careful consideration to the authenticity of the garden. Of course, you could have a modern garden with Japanese influences; this would certainly welcome some straight lines.
Think natural, harmonious and simplistic for your Japanese landscape. Rocks, water, plants and ornaments. Ground covers and moss are welcome here. Garden ornaments might include stone lanterns, and you might consider bamboo fencing and screening. In the way of plants, you can’t go wrong with a Japanese Maple, a flowering fruit tree to represent the cherry blossom, such as the flowering plum, and of course don’t forget the potted bonsai.
A classically landscaped garden does not lend itself to specific influences so much as it is set out with curved lines and irregular styling to create a more native appearance.
It may be difficult to pick the inspiration for a classic landscape, as it might contain elements over multiple landscape styles. Consider outdoor living elements such as fireplaces, built in barbecue areas and patios.
Though you will find repeating forms, such as a consistent use of limestone throughout as well as defined areas, the garden beds may be curved, heaped, and full of a variety of unrelated plants.
This lends well to placing a garden based on your personality only, and make use of materials already on hand. Paths take you where you want to go, shade is right at the back door, and walls and fences sit on the boundary.