The ULTIMATE GUIDE to Understanding Gardening Styles

Garden Styles

With the number of garden styles to choose from, choosing the “right” garden-style gets overwhelming for beginner gardeners. What’s your garden style? Here’s everything you need to discover your outdoor style and design a gorgeous garden.
Keep reading to learn about garden styles.


Country gardens are Colorful, with mixed borders, perennials, informal layout with winding rustic paths. Country gardens are designed for tranquil enjoyment of nature’s aromatic beauty, but should also be functional.


A formal garden is a garden with a clear structure, geometric shapes, and in most cases asymmetrical layout. Its origin goes back to the gardens which are located in the desert areas of Western Asia and are protected by walls.


The Asian landscape is known for a meditative feeling of serenity. Stone and natural elements invite contemplation, while carefully-shaped plantings show our human interaction with the land.


Mediterranean gardens are a classic mix of rustic furniture and fragrant, colorful planting, working surprisingly well in our British climate. Generally relaxed and informal, they are loved for their familiar, weathered look that inspires nostalgic memories of family holidays.

British Columbia native

Native plants are plants indigenous to a given area in geologic time. This includes plants that have developed, occur naturally, or existed for many years in an area.

Informal And Cottage

The cottage garden is a distinct style that uses informal design, traditional materials, dense plantings, and a mixture of ornamental and edible plants. English in origin, it depends on grace and charm rather than grandeur and formal structure.

Coastal Garden

Relaxed coastal gardens are known for their silvery foliage, grassy greens, and bright flowers. The plants are full of color, texture, and movement, and they bring a sense of wilderness and freedom. 

Gravel And Rock Garden

Big or small, a gravel garden is an area with a crushed stone surface. You can use gravel as a patio surface, on a driveway, to create paths, or to mulch around plants in beds. Gravel is a magical material, visually.


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