Formality Grows On You

March 10, 2012

If you’re more the type to get your fingernails dirty, your season is just around the corner.  I’m feeling the formality of clipped boxwood and pleached beech trees.  There is a sense of grandeur, balance and structure in formal gardens. For a vast number of people this is fundamentally appealing, yet for others such gardens can be too rigid and unemotional. Maybe the attraction of formal gardens relates to the gardener’s dominance over the natural landscape, or possibly it is because there is a natural aesthetic that balances scale and proportion, which sits comfortably with a viewer’s eye.  Or maybe, formal gardeners are control freaks!  lol.  You can easily introduce an element of formality into your garden, by including rounded box balls, tightly clipped hedging and restrained planting. The only challenge most gardeners face, however, is to maintain the self-discipline that is needed to keep within formal design principles.

When you look around the house for details that need some attention don’t forget the outside rooms.  It’s ok if you’re not the formal type, but it’s not ok to ignore a very important part of your home.  If you don’t have a green thumb, remember this: Celebrate what grows and keep it tidied up.  Your yard is just like your house, a clean and organized rom is half the battle.

Exerpts taken from: www.rhs.org.uk/Shows-Events/RHS-Chelsea-Flower-Show

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