Formal landscaping is created with symmetry, clean lines, and closely-clipped plants. This style features lots of lush green where textures play off each other.
Though this style incorporates less lively color, formal doesn't have to mean a plain jane landscape. You can use handsome palms that have a symmetrical shape, subtle colors, a focal point like a fountain, tree, or arbor - even a specimen plant with a softer effect.
And formal can vary by degrees - a basic neatness and balance might be the elegant touch your landscape needs.
Try these collections of plants to use in creating your own formal landscape.
1. Ligustrum standard - small tree, accent
2. Bottle palm
3. Dwarf yaupon holly - foundation, border
4. Pentas - border, accent
5. Southern red cedar tree
6. Orange bird of paradise - accent
7. Podocarpus - hedge
8. Liriope - border, foundation
9. Burgundy loropetalum - accent
10. Confederate jasmine - vine
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