5 Garden Design Styles
When considering renovating your landscape, checking off what others do in their landscape that you like and dislike is helpful. Consider these five garden design styles that provide a sense of harmony and order to your outdoor living space.
1. Cottage Garden Design: The charming and romantic cottage garden design features a mix of colorful flowers, lush foliage, and winding paths. This style often incorporates traditional elements such as picket fences, pergolas, trellises with climbing roses, and various flowers that bloom throughout the growing season.
2. Zen Garden Design: Inspired by traditional Japanese gardens, a Zen garden design is characterized by simplicity, tranquility, and minimalism. It often includes raked gravel or sand, carefully placed rocks, and strategically staged pruned trees and shrubs. Include a water garden for the soothing sound of running water like a stream or brook. Zen Garden design focuses on creating a serene and meditative space.
3. Contemporary Garden Design: This style reflects a modern and sleek aesthetic, often featuring clean lines, geometric shapes, and a minimalist color palette. Using low-maintenance plants, architectural elements like decking or stone patios, pathways, and synthetic turf can enhance the overall look of contemporary garden design.
4. Tropical Garden Design: Ideal for our warmer climates, a tropical garden design aims to create a lush, exotic paradise. It often includes vibrant and tropical plants such as palms, hibiscus, and orchids. Water features, colorful tiles, and outdoor seating can enhance the tropical ambiance. Weather-sensitive tropical plants can be potted, staged, and rotated throughout your tropical garden landscape. During harsh winters, these potted tropical plants can be protected indoors.
5. Native Plant Garden Design: This design focuses on using plants native to the region, promoting biodiversity and sustainability. It often includes a mix of native wildflowers, grasses, and shrubs that support local wildlife and require less maintenance. A well-designed native plant garden can attract year-round interest, attracting butterflies, birds, and other pollinators. The Florida Native Plant Society is a terrific resource for growing your knowledge and discovering which native plants are available and do well in your area.
Regardless of the garden design style that best suits you, our landscape architects and designers can assist you with consultations, design, and installation. From our office in Atlantic Beach and satellites throughout Northeast Florida, Rockaway Inc proudly serves both commercial and residential landscape design, maintenance, lawn care, irrigation, and outdoor living carpentry client needs in Jacksonville, St Augustine, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra, Nocatee, St. Johns, and Fernandina Beach.