How can a design be both naturalistic and formal?
Trees and shrubs I’ve chosen to give the garden definition and interest…
I proposed to create a seamless transition from front entry to backyard with a balance between casual plantings and formal hedges. I added more trees to create more dimension in the yard with evergreens for privacy and interest in the winter while tying in the pine trees from the adjacent yard. I also filled the garden and moved existing plants around the yard to create focal points, instead of a mess of plants. It’s neat and formal, yet relaxed and romantic. The plantings themselves are soft, but strong symmetry and focal points along with the use of architectural hedging to emphasize this creates a balance between naturalistic and formal design. The existing plants were stuck against the perimeter, I wanted to see the plants become a part of the yard. I designed a more organic edge that creates flow and symmetry. I’d also like to move the columnar aspens/cottonwoods existing to create a focal point, instead of a fence as they are used now, this creates rhythm in the yard and corresponds with the height of the proposed trees and cedars.
Varying heights and focal points create interest and privacy from neighbors all year. Lots of variations of green to create depth and allow the brighter plants like the sumac to really pop! Everything placed in the garden is done with an intention, whether it be for texture, rhythm, symmetry, scent or simply colour.
The existing garden is in full sun all day, so many of the existing plants, as well as texture of the leaves is lost in the sun- darker foliage, variegation in leaves adds interest in an area that is somewhat washed out and acts as a backdrop for the brighter plants there now. I’m not sure the exact numbers of existing plants but I fully intend to work with what is already there while adding structure and pattern.
I hope to post before and after pictures soon.