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Lansing, MI 48906
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The Informal Garden
The idea of the informal garden is to mimic nature rather than force it into unnatural forms and shapes. This style of gardening is pleasing to the eye and has a calming effect, with soft curving lines and naturally-shaped plants. Unlike the rigidly sheared hedges of the formal garden, informal gardens are left fluffy and soft. Informal garden success depends on a strong design and a firm hand to retain a degree of order and balance. Create a rhythm and flow by repeating plants, shapes, and textures. A good rule of thumb to follow is to arrange plants in groups of three or more, and avoid the temptation to use too many kinds of plants.
Scale is very important in an informal garden. If your house is small, and you have a small garden, you need to plant small trees and plants. On the other hand, if you have a large house, the opposite is required. I recently had a conversation with a realtor, who said that this was one of the most frequent gardening blunders. The landscape should complement the home.
Bold curves or soft curving lines can add an air of intrigue with constantly changing views as you walk through. Be careful to avoid zig-zags or it might look too busy.
When buying focal points, if you are looking at different sizes, buy the larger one. Your garden is larger than you think and your birdbath, fountain, pots, or statues need to be distinct and add beauty.
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