Informal is defined as “casual, not ceremonious, suited for everyday use” and that definition plays out perfectly in an informal garden. Instead of straight lines, axis designs, and strategic placement of hedges and trees, informal design utilizes undulating lines and mixes shapes, colors and textures into large garden beds. It’s become much more likely to be found than formal gardens, and focuses on creating a more groomed idea of what you would find in nature. Wildflower, shakespeare, cottage, landscape, rock, and naturalistic gardens are typically informal.
Love this mix of white roses clementis, found on Garden Design. The owner said that the clementis kept the roses from looking “skanky” after they bloomed.
An informal winter garden, via Garden Design.
I promise this is a photo, not a painting. Found via Garden Design.
Informal design often uses existing structures, like fences and buildings, as bases. Turning functional items into works of art.
A stone fence garden, via The Garden Wanderer.
A wandering path through a naturalistic cottage garden, via Houzz.
Modern cement steps and lilies, from the Chelsea Flower Show, via Aussenwelten.
It’s a fallacy to assume that informal and contemporary styles don’t mix well. These images show how perfectly the two styles mix. Designers have successfully used contemporary design materials like concrete, stone, and steel mixed with traditional plants like iris and maple.
From the Chelsea Flower show, via Gardenweb Forums.
Modern concrete planter surrounded by greenery.
An informal succulent garden, via Garden Design.
Contemporary garden design, via The Creative Gardener.
Doesn’t this lawn make you want to walk barefoot through it?
Which type of garden design do you prefer, formal or informal?