The mention of Formal Garden Design typically conjures images of grand castles, manor houses or French palaces. Based on either symmetrical or asymmetrical design, the composition of a formal garden relies on regularity and geometry. The architecture of a formal garden can be achieved through the use of horizontal elements such as circles, squares and ellipses and added vertical objects such as cones, spheres and pyramids. It is important to plan the layout and design of a formal garden on paper before starting any construction as any rework can be timely and costly.
A formal garden demands a tidy, well manicured look as a result the upkeep this involves can seem daunting and overwhelming. However, with clever use of low maintenance plants and modern tools it can be achieved relatively easily.