12 Feb Popular Minneapolis Landscape Design Style Ideas
Prospective customers usually have pictures of landscaping that they really like and tend to know what looks good when they see it. Pinterest and Houzz have made finding photos and examples incredibly easy for clients so they are more well informed before they come into the design meeting. Most of my customers, whether they know it or not, are looking for a combination of traditional style and the cottage style, with both formal and informal design elements to create the charm and curb appeal they want and love.
At KG Landscape in Minneapolis, MN, our landscape design style often takes elements from the various traditional landscape design styles to combine the best qualities of each, especially when working in the confined spaces of smaller lots in the South Minneapolis area. There are two basic schools of landscape design, cottage and formal. A cottage style landscape, as you can see in the picture below, is very natural and has plants close together to invoke a very natural feel. However, very few people can handle the maintenance and upkeep of a cottage style garden. When shown pictures of traditional cottage style landscape design, the average homeowner often loves the flowers, but generally think it looks a bit overwhelming and difficult to maintain.
Formal landscape design has been around for a very long time (think castles in France and England) and provides a ‘classy,’ clean, and well maintained look in contrast with the cottage style. The geometry and symmetry of the plantings are very pleasing to the eye and have that timeless quality. However, strictly formal designs don’t offer a lot of freedom to innovate, can be hard to make work with asymmetrical homes, and usually lack the variety of flowering colors people prefer.
We love to combine the cottage, formal and informal landscape design styles to achieve an elegant, colorful and relatively easy to maintain landscape, particularly in the front yard to maximize seasonal interest and curb appeal. If you’re interested in seeing what our experience designers and installers can do for your front yard, give us a call at 763-568-7251 or visit our quote page. One of our designers will meet you at your home for a free consultation and then go from there!