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There are many beautiful styles of landscaping in France. The scene depicted at the show this year is that of a sidewalk bistro in the city. Street trees line the sidewalk and a classic black-and-white awning is over the storefront. A cast iron bistro set is the perfect spot to enjoy a quick bite or a sip a cup of coffee. Beautiful annuals are displayed in pottery. Other elements you could use to give your garden a French feel include climbing plants, espaliered fruit trees, roses, herbs, boxwoods, geometric patterns, and lavender-like plants.
English gardens are less formal and less symmetrical than other styles of landscaping. English gardens appreciate and value the natural world. English gardens are designed to be a place for meditation and relaxation. This style values nature and encourages visitors to wander through the gravel paths. English gardens often include elements such as small ponds, bridges, benches, brick, natural stone, pottery, roses, boxwoods, hydrangeas, and daylilies.
Many garden styles were influenced by the Italian Renaissance. Straight edges and long sightlines are a trademark of formal design. Typically tiered fountains serve as the focal point. Low hedges and fastigiate evergreens add to the symmetry of this garden. Italian cypress trees are not hearty in this area but you can achieve a similar look with certain other evergreen trees. Italian gardens generally lack flowers, the predominant color is green although there is some variety from light to dark. Stone or gravel walkways, patios and walls are signature elements of the Italian garden, rather than the expansive lawns that English gardens include.
Traditional Japanese gardens are designed for peaceful contemplation. There are four essential elements used in Japanese garden design: rocks, water, plants, and ornaments. Japanese gardens use free-form and organic shapes. You can represent water in a Japanese garden without having a pond by using gravel or sand raked in wave-like patterns. Plant material includes evergreen varieties in various shapes, sizes, and textures as well as deciduous plants.
Tulips are among the most iconic of flowers. Every year millions of tulips are blooming in and around Amsterdam. The tulip season in Holland marks the beginning of spring. Tulips should be planted in groups. To have a dense, full look, tulips should be planted 3”–4” apart, or 5-6 bulbs per square foot. Before the rest of the perennials awaken from their winter slumber tulips are up and flowering, a sign of the changing season. Deer love tulips so where deer control is impractical or impossible, plant daffodils or another flowering bulb.
The United States is home to a wide variety of climates. We chose one we know very well, Rhode Island. The Ocean State has miles of coastline and an abundance of native plants to choose from. When selecting plant material it is important to focus on all four seasons. Spring flowering bulbs, summer perennial borders, shrubs, and trees for vivid fall foliage and evergreens for winter interest.
Similar in many ways to elements of a RI garden, Canada is limited is a little more limited in the selection of plant material available because it’s hardiness zone. Large rock outcrops and the runoff from melting snowfall shape this landscape. Large evergreens and informal sustainable landscape elements are important.
Tropical plants will not survive our harsh winter weather but they can be used as accents in your landscape during the warm summer months. Tropical plants can either be treated as annuals and only enjoyed for one season or brought inside for the winter (if you have enough light). To stay outside most tropical plants need the air temperatures, both day and night, to be above 55-60 degrees Fahrenheit. It is usually best to keep the plants in pots so you can bring them inside to protect them if we get some unseasonably cool weather. There are also many plants that provide tropical appeal but are actually hardy such as Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus), hostas, ferns, yuca, and bamboo.