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Formal Gardens

Formal gardens can be either classical or modern in style. They tend to comprise symmetrical geometric shapes and

re usually small to medium sized. Both formal and informal elements can be successfully incorporated into the same garden.
or instance, a Georgian-style home surrounded by a formal garden might have steps leading to borders of informally planted shrubs.

In small spaces, like courtyards or narrow strips of land between buildings, stick with straight, rectangular beds rather than informal shapes which will compete with the natural straight lines.

Terraces with rectangular beds and formal plantings work well on steeply sloping sites, as do bold groupings of shrubbery and ground covers such as indigenous plumbago, dwarf bush bougainvilleas, agapanthus, day lilies and aloes, all intermingled as space allows.

For smaller areas, though, it is best to choose just one variety. This planting style works equally well in informal gardens.

For a list of plans suitable for a formal garden click here.

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