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Types of landscape design

Last Updated on January 31, 2021 by Paul Guzman

Types of landscape design information. Landscaping your area is a big chore to some, it requires time to measure, visit the local nursery store and then start looking for the right plants. Hiring a local professional landscaper is the right thing to do, however, here are some good tips that could save you both time and money.

First, spend some time thinking about exactly how you want the final design to be. What type of landscape are you looking for and what about your budget?  Do you want to include an area for entertaining? Is there to be an area for the kids and grandkids to play, maybe a pond or a swimming pool?

I personally like lots of greenery and color this means high maintenance and more water usage.  Of course, this is my preference and everyone has their own landscaping ideas. Here are some great garden ideas for you.

Types of landscape design
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Types of landscape design for gardens

One good idea is to visit your local nursery after deciding what type of landscape you are looking for. But first, make a list of plants you think would work.  Get an idea of the plants you want to use. It is best to focus on the area where you will spend most of your time. That’s a good place to start. And remember to search this site guzmansgreenhouse.com and you will find a plethora of ideas to help you.

It is a good idea to think twice before hiring a professional. An independent landscaper designer might cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars. But, you could get a lot of information free by searching the internet or visiting a local nursery. If you have an awkward spot such as very steep ground, a professional might give you the advice you are looking for possibly saving you a ton of money.

The style of your home must be taken into account. If you have a rural cottage, formal gardens surrounding it will look out-of-place. Think also about your lifestyle. Do you want to spend hours caring for many beds of annuals or pruning beds of roses? If so, go ahead and plant them, but if you’d rather spend your free time at the beach, then go for an easy-care xeriscape landscaping ideas.

Various landscape styles you can choose for your own garden

Formal. This style uses lots of straight lines and perfect geometrical shapes. An orderly arrangement of plants instead of random positioning is done. Close arrangement and lots of pruning can be seen in many landscaped gardens with this type of garden.

Informal. This kind of landscaping works well with small cottages. Beds with curved edges instead of straight lines and random placement of plants suit this landscape style.  Many homeowners prefer this type of garden.  They will typically let things grow to their natural size.  This means less maintenance and pruning.

English Garden. This style emphasizes the harmony between the house’s architecture and the garden.    High water usage and maintenance are required.

Formal/Informal Garden. This style often comes with a brick walkway that exudes formality. This walkway leads to the rear with a circle of plants. The arrangement and planning of the English garden style but has no formal borders.

Oriental. It is often the kind of garden found in small backyards. It uses rocks and water features. A wide variety of plants will create several interesting angles with this style.  This type of garden requires lots of maintenance and care plus water features such as fountains, and small ponds.  Lots of junipers, topiary,  and evergreen plants including large and small bonsai.

Japanese Garden
The idyllic landscape of Japanese Garden Kenrokuen in Kanazawa, Japan – Click for larger image

Cottage Garden.  It is considered the old-style gardens.  Consider using magnolia trees, hydrangeas, roses, and lilacs. The flowering perennials we mentioned will fit well in this look.

Herbs are also great in a Cottage garden plants like sweet bay, rosemary, blueberries, and figs that will match perfectly with this style of garden.

A well-manicured lawn with flowers flowing on the edge. However, It is a high maintenance garden, lots of water, and continuous pruning and fertilizing.

Cottage Garden

The Mediterranean Garden. This garden style is high walls filled with tall Olive, Junipers or Cypress trees. It often requires a water feature or running water pond. Hanging rosemary or other ground-covers flowing from the walls or in large containers. Lilacs around or near walls as formal hedges work great. Plants that bloom a spikey white, blue or purple bloom will add this style of garden. Bougainvillea placed along light-colored walls.

Mediterranean home with flowering bougainvillea
Plant with purple flowers climbing on a white house of the typical Mediterranean garden

Xeriscape Garden Will Work

Xeriscape.  If you live in a region where there are lots of sunshine and hot weather then this type of garden is for those who want minimal care and less water. Low watering plants are used and many homeowners think “cactus and a brownish desert look”!  But, it is actually a smart-scape.  Here is what Wikipedia has to say about this kind of low water garden.

Xeriscaping is landscaping and gardening that reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental water from irrigation. It is promoted in regions that do not have easily accessible, plentiful, or reliable supplies of fresh water, and is gaining acceptance in other areas as access to water becomes more limited…Read more here.

Colorful Xeriscape Plants
Colorful Desert plants for your landscape – Click the image for a larger closeup view.

There are tons of low water plants to use in a Xeriscape garden.  Verbenas, Palms, lantanas, salvia’s, Texas sage, gazania, and lilacs.  Yes, lilacs will do good in arid regions.  For trees, Texas mountain laurels and Chinese Pistache, and the Vitex will give you privacy, shade, and color in spring and fall.

Types of landscape design
The Colorful Low Maintenance Vitex Tree. Click for a larger image.


The Ocotillo Plant
southwestern style house with rock garden landscaping


There are desert plants that have color and greenery during the summer season.  Here is a small list of what you could use.  Drought Tolerant Plants.

In and around the Southwest Xeriscaping is the primary landscaping choice for many homeowners.

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    • Donald Patrick
    • May 4, 2017

    These are really great ideas to create a beautiful landscape. Landscaping is a great investment since it adds beauty to your humble home; it will also increase the value, which will be beneficial once you put your house on sale.

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    I really liked the oriental type of landscape design because of the idea that though it consumes a lot of water, it uses a lot of rocks, evergreen plants, and water. My mom has been interested in such a look because she has always wanted a mountainside look with a lake for the backyard. I will suggest this to her since she plans on getting the yard landscaped soon. She might as well consider a design that she will be satisfied with.

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    I was not known about too many landscapes design. But after read this blog I got to know many types of landscape design. You really did a great job to sharing informative information with us.

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    Wow. It comes beyond my expectation about landscaping design. I know there are more design to pick when you like to install it at your space. Hence, getting further tips become more useful.

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