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Formal Gardens

When you visualize a formal garden, does an English garden come to mind? For centuries, the conventional look was the front runner of landscaping. The English style consisted of winding pathways outlined with rows of trimmed English or American Boxwoods. The pathways were made of brick, stone, grass or gravel. At the end of the pathway there stands a statue or a fountain. Besides the Boxwood, Holly shrubs such as Helleri, formed different patterns to outline colorful beds

The beds were in shapes of a hexagon, octagon, triangle. etc... Inside the beds were a variety of trees or shrubs and flowers in vibrant colors. Some beds were done in row patterns. Others were planted in small groups throughout that particular bed. Some beds had rows of topiary trees. Throughout the centuries different styles became popular. Today the stylish look is still around. You don't have to have a large English style garden, although it is possible. If you are thinking of doing a formal garden project there are a few ways you can go about it.

First of all, consider once again the area you are landscaping. The task at hand is to have a complete pattern. Start with a pathway. This walkway will guide you through your entire garden. Landscape areas are nature. Imagine it is a trail taking you through a forest. Each step of the way you can stop and admire the scenery. Your pathway in your garden can do the same. Create beds along the pathway. Below are a few suggestions.

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  1. Line your pathway with a trimmed boxwood, holly or favorite evergreen shrub.
  2. Bed of Roses - hundreds to choose from...Grandifloria, Carpet and English roses are nice.
  3. Create a bed with a combination of different size and color shrubs. Add perennial flowers around the shrubs.
  4. In an empty space put in topiary trees or bushes. If this sounds too hard, plant a regular shrub that has the potential to be a topiary one day.
  5. Install a fountain. Back in the old English style gardens, there were not very many fountains to choose from. Today we are fortunate to have a variety.
  6. Trees can be planted throughout you beds. Remember, the trees shouldn't block your view of any other plants. Trees are usually planted in the back part of your bed. Tallest tree first and then work your way down in size. Usually flowers are in the front or borders the bed.
  7. In your entrance to a bed, put a tall upright shrub on either side. Ex..Steeds Holly, Curley Leaf Ligustrum, Sky Pencil, or Holmstrup Arborvitae.
  8. Build your garden with beds that have the same type of plants per bed. Do a bed of herbs in a sunny area. One bed could be of your favorite flowers. Another bed could be different size shrubs. (both evergreen and deciduous)


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Whatever landscape area you are planting, always think out your overall plan. Look at the area, try to visualize your end result. Balance you plants in size, texture, and color. Formal gardens make a statement in a front, side, or backyard gardens. Always make sure you prepare your ground properly, as well as placement of plants.

Continue to follow Herbee, and your outside investment will grow along with your beautiful gardens.

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