Formal Gardens

December 6, 2006, 5:20 pm betterhomesgardens

Rating:

Formal does not always mean grand and imposing.


A formal design may be perfectly symmetrical and make much use of straight lines, circles and other geometrical shapes, or it may not, though there will always be a sense of careful balance.

In a formal garden you will find immaculately trimmed lawn, carefully pruned shrubs and hedges, trees arranged in avenues or evenly spaced shrubs and flowers carefully grouped in matching colours.

The formal style is especially suited to the gardens of old houses, those planned for a lifestyle less casual than ours. Often if you find old pictures of the original garden, you'll find that it was very formal in layout and planting, especially if the house itself was symmetrical in design.

However, there's no need to re-create a Victorian design for a Victorian house. After all, a modern dinner party is no stiff, strait-laced affair; and a modern formal garden need not be artificial and pompous - soften its lines with flowers and abundant foliage.

Graham Ross Picks

Latest Issue

  1. Your Garden Magazine, Winter Edition

    Your Garden Magazine, Winter Edition

  2. Home Beautiful Magazine, April issue on sale now!

    Home Beautiful Magazine, April issue on sale now!

  3. Your Garden Magazine, Autumn Edition

    Your Garden Magazine, Autumn Edition

    - Top 10 Autumn bloomers
    - Timber decks for outdoor living
    - Keeping chickens at home
    - Edible produce with delicious recipes
    Subscribe now

  4. Home Beautiful Magazine, March issue on sale now!

    Home Beautiful Magazine, March issue on sale now!

    BONUS 32 page Before & After Kitchen Special
    - Amazing kitchen Makeovers and clever solutions for every budget
    - Design you bedroom for blissful sleep
    - Bathroom style secrets

    Subscribe now

  5. Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, March Issue

    Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, March Issue

    - Quick and healthy meals
    - Exclusive bulb offer!
    - Fabulous fake deco tips
    - Best pizza recipe!
    - How to give your front yard a face lift
    Subscribe now

Our Brands

  • Home Beautiful
  • Better Basics
  • Diabetic living
  • Gardens

Follow us on pinterest

Follow us on pinterest