Informal style Styles of landscape design part 4

Informal style.

There are styles that are not subject to the established standards of landscape design. They differ in functionality and appearance from the classic styles.

The style that opposes the styles of landscape design is the informal styleor natural style.
It is an asymmetric shape for the planning of the garden. Here, everything is created naturally. Paths are in curved as if they are natural. They can be sprinkled or covered with small gravel, paving stone, or tile. This is very practical. You can create a path from bark, and use grass for the lawn. If you carefully choose a material for the paths, they will be an aesthetic addition to the flower garden and flower beds. The natural style of the curbs along the paths is created from a mixture of different types of flowers. The main requirement is that the different flowers are selected during their blooming period, with their simplicity. Your borders should always be bright and beautiful. You can also use pampas grass among the stones to act as jewelry for the small, sunny corners of the garden.

The relief of the garden in an informal style can be hilly or rugged. This gives the garden a natural look. A grotto would be the perfect complement to the landscape.

Trees and shrubs are not planted strictly symmetrically, but in random places, as if by accident. This creates the outward appearance of a bohemian semi-abandonment. An unfinished arch with vines gives this place the romantically stimulating spirit and rustic charm.

In the informal style, ponds come in any shape, while streams run through a tortuous path. Everything is subject to the beauty of nature.

The natural style may include the planting vegetable and fruit crops. Although, making traditional garden-beds is not necessary. Out of vegetable crops, you can create mixed borders or flowerbeds. Fruit trees of the spreading crown type should be combined with a pyramid type. Tall trees should be planted in the background, and dwarf trees planted in the front. This will give your garden the scope and depth of space.

Cottage gardens

Cottage gardens

One of the characteristics of the natural style is the cottage garden. Many call them the “English style.”

The landscape design style of cottage gardens can be used on big and small lots of land. They are cost-friendly, have a practical value for the whole family, and please the eye with their modest appeal.
Such gardens came from England. In the past, they were created for economic purposes. These gardens were not subjected to rigorous planning. Ornamental plants were not included. Everything in these gardens was used for a purpose. Fruit trees and vegetables were grown there. Cattle were kept in the annexes. The free space was filled with the planting of unpretentious flowers: marigold, violets, and primroses. These flowers were the cure for some diseases, and deterred insect pests. They were planted only once, and in the years following, these plants would sow on their own, creating fascinating sites of blossoming plants. Every piece of land brought the owner certain benefits.

Features of the cottage garden

A characteristic feature of the cottage garden is the uprising ofannuals, which are sown year in to year out. They create original and bright tickets. Later on, roseswere being planted. They have won the hearts of many owners of cottage gardens. In modern days, the cottage style is unthinkable without roses. Roses can be either hybrid, curly, fragrant, or damask. Often, curly roses are planted with other climbing plants. Since the time of flowering roses is intermittent, the flowering of other plants compensates for these breaks.
Often,unusual containersare used in the cottage style. These can be old buckets, split decks, or large saucepans. If the garden is not big enough for the deepening of the space,garden pathscan be made in awinding form. They can be decorated with curbs of colored vegetable crops or herbs.

Features of the cottage garden

Fruit treescan cover the upper part of the fence.Tall flower bedsare planted farther, and smaller ones- closer. This creates a bright wall of blossoming plants. Here you can place a small bench for resting, or build a small pond with aquatic plants. Near the benches, you can placecontainers with flowers.


A small arbor from untreated wood, overgrown with creepers, can serve as a recreational area for the whole family.
The natural or informal style requires much less labor than the adaptation of various formal styles.
All styles of landscape design highlight the beauty of the garden, using the cultural trends of different countries. This variety of styles allows you to select the one that will bring excitement and joy to you and your family. This will hopefully be the best style for your garden.