Much like the variety of plant life in gardens, design styles are plentiful. A formal garden is based on straight lines and geometric shapes. A Japanese garden puts a lot of thought into the placement of each plant, combining them with water and stones and emphasizing foliage and texture more than flowers. A naturalistic design uses curves more than straight lines, as well as interesting topography and a combination of vegetation layers (trees, shrubs, perennials, and ground covers) to create more natural plant groupings.
photo: Susan Whalen