Classical & Traditional Garden Design in London
From cottage gardens with soft edges to formal gardens with beds & borders

Traditional Garden Design in London

Although there is no true definition of a ‘Classical’ or ‘Traditional’ garden there are some common features of design that are often used. Flower beds and borders, hedges and lawns are all common features in a traditional garden design. Planting is often far more diverse than in contemporary or modern garden design.

Traditional gardens can be subdivided into many categories such as romantic, formal, cottage, French or Mediterranean.

Some traditional gardens are formal in style and use strong symmetry in the layout of paths, borders and beds. Other traditional or classical styles such at Cottage gardens, have more informality and often use very little symmetry in the layout.

What are the characteristics and features of Traditional or Classical Garden Design:

It is not easy to set out standard characteristics of a traditional style of garden as this is really an umbrella phrase that covers everything from formal English, French or Italian styles, to relaxed cottage, woodland or wild gardens. However some of the common characteristics might be:

Emphasis on plants and planting

Use of the natural features of the landscape such as trees, slopes, ponds and hedges

Frequent use of ornamental features, such as elaborate pots, planters and sculpture

A strong feeling of symmetry in formal styles of garden

Strong use of traditional materials such as brick and natural stone

A tendency to have softer, more blurred edges

Features such as lawns, planted beds and borders and shrubberies.

What style of property does a traditional garden design best work with?

The design of a traditional garden is often dictated by the style of the property to which it is attached, city or town house, rural cottage or grand country property.

If a property is in a conservation area the garden design may need to comply with local planning regulations and need planning permission. Often the garden design will need to use materials and finishes which are in keeping with the period of the property.

What are the advantages of traditional gardens over contemporary gardens?

One of the considerations you may want to make when deciding on the design of your garden will be the pros and cons of certain specific styles.

The advantages of garden designs in a traditional style:

A traditional style can be very fluid and adaptable and can accommodate many features and challenges found in your garden. It may be that the site is a difficult shape, sloping, long, narrow, short or triangular. It could be that the garden is damp and shaded, exposed and windy or has fixed features that can’t be changed such as ponds, walls and steps. A traditional garden style can adapt to many restrictions or challenges.

Adaptable to changing needs: As the occupants of the property grow, age and have changing needs, so the garden can be changed. Traditional gardens can allow many adaptations without the need for substantial landscaping changes.

Ageing and maturing: Trees, shrubs and hedges are living structures that grow and change over the years. A well-planned traditional garden will allow for such natural changes.

The disadvantages of traditional style garden designs:

Although very adaptable, traditional garden designs can have some drawbacks.

Maintenance and care: herbaceous perennials, shrubs, lawns and trees all need care and attention. If they are left, they can become overgrown, wild and unruly or simply deteriorate and die.

Time & money: Either you or a gardener will need to spend time maintaining the garden which will require an investment in time or money.

However, in reality, a well-planned traditional garden will take into account all of your needs and restrictions and be a wonderful space to relax and enjoy.

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