What’s Your Landscape Style: Foreign or Domestic?

June 2nd 2016
Four Seasons

Foreign or Domestic?

Like your favorite music and food, landscape style and inspiration can come from all parts of the world. There are many landscape styles to influence your outdoor spaces. Your home’s architecture, style, and current trends often direct the design, but these solid international ideas can add dimension and flavor to your landscape.

Tuscan, French, English or Japanese Options

Fragrant Tuscan landscaping excites the senses with aromatic herbs like lavender, sage, rosemary and flowering thyme. Tiered fountains add the soothing sound of moving water and attract birds and butterflies. Spires of columnar junipers and Italian cypress edge the Tuscan garden with beds of bold, colorful flowers and warm colors of terra cotta urns.

Geometric shapes, symmetry, and precise, clean lines characterize French gardens. The perfect order of the French garden would suit the inner neat freak in any of us. Sculpted trees and tightly trimmed evergreens and shrubs set the stage in intricate patterns called parterres. The French gardens of the 1600s were meant to make an extravagant impression. A reflecting pool reached by a gravel walkway would be central to the design. Your French-inspired garden could incorporate cast iron seating and planters; all are a part of the French style.

Traditional English gardens tend to be romantic and less structured. You would expect meandering pathways and great swaths of flowers in somewhat wild beds.

Traditional English gardens tend to be romantic and less structured. You would expect meandering pathways and great swaths of flowers in somewhat wild beds. Recreate the English garden with trellises supporting climbing roses, wisteria, ivy and other climbing varieties. Think rowdy rather than orderly. 

Famous for its clean lines and apparent simplicity, the Japanese Zen garden influences the modern garden. The serenity of a Zen garden is achieved with the artful placement of water, rocks, sand and gravel. The Japanese Zen garden is minimalist, asymmetrical and elegant in its simplicity. You can borrow from the style with a stone path, bamboo fencing, and a simple water feature.

Whatever your landscape style, your design can incorporate your favorite influences. But editing is essential. Sometimes less is more. Consult with one of our experienced landscape designers to embrace your landscape style.