The clean and classic lines of a formal garden are a great way to smarten up the outside of any property. Charlie Albone shares his expert advice.
The small front area of this home means something modern would jar with the age of the house, but a formal garden is a perfect solution.
It's the layout of the garden that makes it formal and it’s usually based around straight lines and symmetry.
Hedges are important – I've used them here to create boundaries.
The plants in the middle help soften the overall look. When it comes to planting it’s always best to stick to 4 or 5 varieties, otherwise your garden will start to look too busy.
Buxus is great as are Native Violets or Pittosporum and Lilly Pillys.
The lovely thing about formal gardens is they don’t have to be boring - you can still get a little bit creative.
Wavy lines are out when it comes to paths, but they don’t have to be dead straight either.
Recycled brick pavers are a great choice of material. They have character and because they’re not all new and shiny, they give the path instant age.
Deco granite is often used in modern gardens but it’s been used in formal garden for years. It works really well because it’s a lot softer than paving under foot and more gentle on the eye.
I’ve put a water feature in this yard – it’s a small space and a stand out attraction make it memorable.
So when it comes to doing something with your outdoor spaces, the harmony of a formal garden could be the answer.