Well-defined walkways, topiaries, hedges and flowers transform this beautiful backyard into a formal garden. As the guests stroll along the gravel path, they'll surely feel like they're visiting Versailles or another European palace.
The large private estate features formal gardens and outdoor spaces that are surrounded by trees providing lushness and privacy to the space. A stone walkway leads throughout the yard to classically designed building and intentionally planned landscaping.
From the back deck, the homeowners have sweeping views of the valley beyond. The formal garden is all about balance. Symmetrical flower beds full of grasses, flowers and trees flank the geometric courtyard, where a reflecting pool is the focal point.
Standing in front of this elegant estate is like peering into the past, as trimmed hedges, blooming flowers and topiaries inspire thoughts of Old World France. A fountain centers the formal garden and carries the eye to the home's main entrance.
What was once the front yard entrance to a mid-century ranch house is now the site of a two story pavilion with a manicured lawn and formal garden. The pavilion adjoins the owner’s estate on the left while the far right side of the formal garden is where the driveway once existed from the previous home.
This backyard offers an outdoor fireplace for those cool nights, surrounded by covered seating benches. A formal garden with water fountain and trellis fill up the rest of this inviting backyard space.
The formal gardens that decorate the front of this historic Greek Revival home were actually included in the Smithsonian Archives. Guests who want to admire them can follow a stone path across the manicured lawn and through the trimmed hedges.
Winter is a good time to evaluate your garden's design. Start by looking at your garden from indoors and other vantage points. Examine bed lines and paths. Are they logically placed, or do you need to add a new formal path? Determine if there is balance in the plantings or if one area seems too heavy or too light.
Rather than reinvent the garden at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2014, Living Green Design followed the direction of the existing landscaping, enhancing it with updated flora, colorful red furniture and whimsical features like an oversized snail sculpture.