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Bohemian styles are defined by a lack of structure, opting instead for carefree layers of pattern, texture, and color. It can be described as whimsical and fun, so we wouldn’t recommend this style to someone who likes order and symmetry. You can make a bohemian design with just a little effort. All you need is some colorful pillows, candles and some old furniture. Tip: Try stopping by your local flea market to find unique art pieces to add to your yard!
Coastal yards have a relaxed, breezy feel and are meant to contribute to the overall atmosphere of life close to the sea. A mix of light colored gravel hardscaping and billowy plants gives the feeling of windswept seascapes. Movement is a critical element within the design, so choose plants that can move freely with the ocean breezes. Add rustic wood elements, marine artifacts, a hammock and teak furniture to complete the look.
Cottage-style design or what we like to call “chaos with a plan” embodies a sense of whimsical romance, perfect for those looking to create a wild, organic space. You will see curving pathways that lead to planters filled with ornamental flowers. The landscape should be lush and uninhibited. Even if you don’t have a magazine worthy cottage home, you can give your home a romantic attitude with the right design elements!
The Mediation Style is designed to help you connect with nature. Instead of having straight pathways, opt for winding paths that force you to slow down and enjoy your surroundings. By limiting the number of different plants, you will get a sense of ease and simplicity. Make space for rest and rejuvenation by placing a bench where you most enjoy the space. You might also consider adding a traditional Japanese rock Zen garden or even a koi pond.
Mediterranean yards make use of the organic shapes, textures, and colors of the natural world. Think warm tones, rounded edges, wood elements, stone features, and fragrant plantings. These yards are casual and inviting, encouraging family and friends to enjoy an evening at a farmhouse table or cook in a wood-fired oven. Some iconic Mediterranean elements that you will see in this design style are tiered fountains, herb gardens and a bocce ball court.
Modern landscaping is known for its streamlined aesthetic and sleek, sophisticated style. Overall, the garden will feel controlled and organized. Typically, the focus is heavier on hardscapes and structures than on plants. Modern plants are usually green and selected for shape and texture and are planted symmetrically. Pops of color are then added with furniture cushions, planters or a painted wall.
Modern farmhouse landscapes mix the rustic and traditional feel of the farmhouse with modern elements, like grasses, climate-adapted plants, angular pavers, and abundant hardscaping. You will see lots of soft greens, yellows and earthy maroons scattered throughout these designs. For that quintessential farmhouse feel, opt for decomposed granite as a hardscape instead of concrete to keep the design relaxed and cozy.
“Traditional” landscaping isn’t going anywhere—it’s one of our most requested styles! A palette of whites and greens reign supreme: trimmed lawns (including sustainable alternatives), neat hedges, and shapely, white flowering plants. Hardscaping choices tend to be simply elegant: bluestone pavers, pea gravel, and brick. Important to keep in mind: because traditional yards are orderly and pristine, they tend to require a lot of maintenance.
Tropical design can invoke exotic travels and bring a resort-like atmosphere to your surroundings. This style will include more free-form elements such as planting beds, walkways and swimming pools. With a vibrant palate and lush texture, it’s no surprise this style thrives in tropical and subtropical climates. But those in colder climates can attain a similar look and feel with a few simple swaps and carefully placed containers.
Woodland yards celebrate nature in all of its glory, attract wildlife and can be lower maintenance than a formal yard. When designing a woodland landscape, blending in with nature will be the main focus. Think: wood, mulch, gravel, and informal plantings of full, textural plants. Pathways in a woodland design will be formed using bark or stone step pads. When incorporating furniture, stick to rustic elements such as wood plank benches or even locally made pieces.
Desert-style landscaping relies on blending in to the natural surroundings. This design style will have an array of drought-tolerant vegetation such as cactus, agave, and succulents. Repetition of plants throughout the yard will add a sense of harmony and balance. (Note: Cactuses, agave, and succulents grow well in many regions outside of the Southwest, so don’t count this design style out immediately. Also, consider adding boulders to define a path or planter.