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The Different Landscaping Design Styles


When you decide to overhaul the landscaping on your property, there are many different types of landscaping design styles to choose from. Most homes have intrinsic styles derived from their initial construction, updates, and add-ons as well as the owner’s personal taste. Check out this guide to the different landscaping design styles to make your landscaping fit in with your existing style.


Formal landscape

The formal landscape is rooted in symmetry. It’s all about keeping consistent patterns, utilizing straight lines, and using traditional plant design. You’ll often find topiary designs in formal landscapes.


This type of landscape is a regal one. It’s very proper, and it requires a heavy amount of maintenance. A staple design element of this landscape style is symmetrical pathways enclosed by well-pruned plants such as low box hedges or flowers.


Informal landscape

An informal landscape is designed with curved edges and eclectic arrangements in mind. This is a popular choice for family homes and for people who like some natural separation in their outdoor spaces. Plants and plant beds should be arranged in a more sporadic manner than what you might see in a formal design, but they should still feature intentional placement. Informal landscaping involves putting plants where they work for you rather than where they may naturally grow or where they may be the most symmetrical. You can mix colors and patterns to create a fun and whimsical environment that complements your lifestyle.


Woodland landscape

A woodland landscape is designed to reflect a wooded sanctuary. This is best suited for areas with space for lots of native trees and other fauna. This style doesn’t require a high level of maintenance because it’s primarily uses plants native to the region, allowing them to grow at their own pace and shape. This style really steers into natural nature and allows your home to coexist with its environment.


Butterfly garden

A butterfly garden landscape is designed to encourage the natural return of native butterfly and bird species to your area. Birds and butterflies encourage the growth and flourishing of plants and flowers. This design incorporates a lot of vegetation, including plenty of native flower types. It’s important to focus your planting efforts on plants that act as food sources to the species of birds and butterflies you want to inhabit your outdoor area. The key to developing a butterfly garden is to create open areas that are protected from harsh winds. You should also include some element of water to attract and sustain the animals.


For all your needs when you’re landscaping in Durham, NC, contact Old North State Landscape Development. We have experts ready to design and implement your favorite landscaping style, and we even work in hardscaping to create your dream outdoor space.

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