Layers of plants surround a round, formal stone fountain in this English garden. A short Boxwood hedge defines the edge, with an abundance of vibrant and herbaceous hyssop filling the interior to the fountain's stone edge. A central urn holds a red flowering begonia.
Mints love moist soil and transform your yard’s soggy spots from muddy to eye-catching. It’s a great plant for covering ground at the base of downspouts or pulling its weight in a rain garden. Different mints prefer varying amounts of sunshine, so do your homework before choosing a variety. Mints spread freely by underground stems and can easily overtake formal plantings. Take care where you tuck it into soil—make sure it has room to roam.
An outstanding mulch that’s free for the taking, shredded fall leaves provide a great alternative for informal planting beds, vegetable gardens and shade gardens. As leaves decompose, they add fantastic organic matter to soil. Slugs tend to like shredded leaves, so use caution applying them around slug favorites like hosta or leaf lettuce. Expect leaves to last from one to two growing seasons. Always shred leaves with a mower or leaf vac before using them as mulch.
This living room's got personality! Bright blue and kelly green come together to create a space that's both soothing and full of punch. Because the room has such high ceilings, the vibrant colors don't feel constricting. Multi-patterned throw pillows keep the room from looking overly formal, and plants scattered throughout the space make it really come alive.
Get smart on plant choices. While hardscape will eat up the majority of your budget, purchasing plants to fill a backyard — or even a single garden bed — adds up quickly. Notice the color dotted throughout, giving structure to the planting. Without these accents, a mass planting simply looks like a formal mass of plants as opposed to a more natural and flowing form.
The planting scheme for this Colorado garden was inspired by the native plants of the area, lending a formal botanic garden feel to the landscape. Purple lavender and yellow yarrow complement each other amongst the verdant shrubbery, with an abundant range of textures adding additional visual interest.
Large stone urns full of flowering plants bring color and life to this classic-style home. The overall formal theme of the house is reflected in all the landscape spaces, plantings and materials used for the hardscapes,
This Old World-inspired dining table and chairs are an unexpected formal touch to this patio. Weathered stones ground the space, while well-placed trees and plantings create beautiful garden surroundings.
The overall formal theme of the private estate is reflected in all the landscape spaces, plantings and materials used for the hardscapes. Stone urns are centered in geometric plantings of hedges, while a stone walkway leads to the grand entryway of the house.
This traditional home features a large front yard with detailed landscaping. The hedges creates a formal border around the yard, while the plant design inside features lots of flowing and inviting grass variations.
A custom-designed stone paver patio is the perfect place to showcase a formal water fountain in this two level garden. The small planting area next to the patio is filled with colorful annuals and provides a break between the hardscape areas, helping to lead the eye around the landscape.