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Formal vs Informal Landscapes

Formal vs Informal Landscapes

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Larry Sagers Horticultural Specialist Utah State University Extension Service Thanksgiving Point Office © All Rights Reserved

Basic Landscape Design , Tuesday August 10,17,24 and 31 2-4 PM or 6-8 PM with Larry Sagers

Whether you're designing a first-time landscape or remodeling an existing landscape, learn the steps for creating a look that you will enjoy. The class covers creating focal points, entryways, how to frame a home or preserve a view and water-wise landscape.

There will be USU Extension Service Master Gardeners available for a 15-minute individual consultation on the last day of class.

Register for the class online or call 801-768-7443 or toll-free 1-888-672-6040 (ask for Gretchen) to register. Fee: $40.00

Selecting a Style Landscapes are formal, informal or a combination of the two styles. Formal landscapes are balanced, with geometric patterns, straight lines and perfect symmetry. They include fountains, pools, sculptures and the trees and shrubs are often sheared to formal hedges or topiary.

Homes where the architecture has formal facades, centered entryways and symmetrical windows lend themselves to this style of landscaping. Formal landscapes require more maintenance because opposites sides of the landscapes much match.

Informal landscapes are usually lower maintenance. They are asymmetrical and include more curves and random features but the design still follows basic landscape principles. Many gardens are asymmetrical and lend themselves to an informal style.

Landscapes often contain a blend of the two designs with some formal symmetry as well as informal plantings.

The flower gardens on Temple Square are an excellent example of combining both formal and informal styles. The flower beds have a formal shape and are usually strictly symmetrical with and equally balanced plantings.

Sheared hedges often line walkways and outline borders. Although most of the beds have a formal the flower plantings inside the borders are not arranged as one would normally see in a formal garden.

Part of the fun of designing a garden is to choose a style or theme that fits you and your garden site. In addition to the formal and informal designs mentioned above, gardens are also stylized after their geographical origins.

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