8 Popular Landscape Styles

Do you have an idea in mind for your garden when you do your next remodel? Have you looked at some of the popular landscape styles and found something that you really like? 

Why not take a look at these popular styles and trends for 2022 and beyond. From tropical paradises to fragrant havens, it doesn't matter what kind of mood you're trying to get with your outdoor space, there's a landscape style that will help you to achieve it. 

1 - Spanish

Spanish garden styles are known for their beautifully fragrant flowers and fruit-bearing trees, particularly figs and citrus fruits, and other flowers that are suited to a Mediterranean climate. These include drought-resistant lavender and yucca, various juniper shrubs, and herbs. 

Symmetry is important in Spanish-style gardens, which also often feature pools and fountains, terraces, and courtyards for social dining. Terracotta and rustic red shades are prevalent along with dusky beiges.

2 - Desert landscape

When we think of deserts, we often think of cactuses and tumbleweed, sand, gravel, and lots of beige. In reality, that's fairly similar to a desert landscape garden, but with a little more color and life than that. 

Sculpted and well-placed large rocks can be used in desert landscape gardens, along with various cactus plants, both in pots and planted into the ground. 

Remember to pick the ones that flower with the boldest, brightest shades if you want to inject some color into the space — the Christmas cactus, moon cactus and Easter cactus are a few to take a look at. 

3 - English garden

If you've ever seen a period English film, such as Pride and Prejudice, you’ll probably have a good idea of what an English garden looks like. It's very green, and there are usually quite a lot of roses. In fact, some of these gardens are known as English rose gardens. 

Other trends for English gardens are large, grassy, open spaces that are bordered with trees and flowers, with the occasional fountain or statue thrown in for good measure. The rolling gardens of the Royal Palaces have many spaces just like this. 

4 - Prairie lands

Prairie land-style gardens are also known by a few other names, including prairie gardens, prairie-style gardens, and new perennial planting. 

This style of landscape is more rustic and natural than the others on this list, which isn’t everyone's cup of tea. The introduction of tall wildflowers and wildlife-friendly grasses and other plant life will have positive benefits on the ecosystem around it, however.

Prairie-style gardens tend to incorporate a number of different wildflowers and plant life, but as well as "bee bombs” (seeds designed to grow into bee-friendly plants), you could look at adding the following seeds wildly into your garden: panicum, calamagrostis, fennel, rudbeckia, veronicastrum and helenium. 

5 - French formal garden

French formal garden was overtaken in the fifteenth century by the traditional French garden that we associate the country with today, but many experts believe that the modern day style of French garden was stolen from the original English garden concept. Rather than get into that debate, let's have a look at French formal garden landscapes instead. 

Everything is based on symmetry with this style of landscape, with the Gardens of Versailles believed to be the absolute top of the game in the French formal garden world. Hedges are trimmed into geometric shapes, vertical barriers are created in an almost maze-like fashion with walls and shrubs, and planting beds are always symmetrical, square or rectangular in shape, and filled with flowers intertwined with shrubs and coloured gravel or stones. 

6 - Paradise garden 

Paradise garden landscapes are also sometimes called Islamic gardens, with links to Persia, Egypt, Spain, Africa, and even India; and, just like French formal garden landscapes, paradise gardens rely heavily on symmetry. 

This type of garden space is split into four, with a pool, fountain or statue in the center, where the divides of the four sections meet. Water is often used in these dividers, and features quite heavily in the style. Just as with Spanish gardens, strong-scented and strong-flavored fruits and flowers are frequently found, including pomegranates, figs, dates, olives, and orange/citrus fruit trees. 

7 - Forest/woodland 

Damp or very wet landscapes can sometimes make great spots for forest and woodland-style gardens, which are relaxing, tranquil, and encourage all manner of birds and wildlife to visit. 

Forest and woodland-style landscapes usually mix tall, dense trees with low-lying shrubs and mosses. Holly trees are combined with magnolia and birch, with perennials such as calla lily, goldenrod, violet, fern, and wild geranium thrown in. Then there's the moss, lily of the valley, and ivy. It's a treat for the eyes and the nose! 

8 - Japanese garden

Three main components make up the Japanese garden: water, usually in the form of a waterfall; stones, usually in a neutral and zen-like formation; and plants, such as wisteria, peonies, Japanese maple trees and cherry trees. 

There are lots of different styles of Japanese garden you could explore, too. Tsukiyama is a pond and hill garden, Chisen-shoyū-teien is a beautiful Japanese pond garden, and Tsuboniwa is a courtyard-based garden, just to give you some starting points.

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