The Natural Garden Look
The landscape painter will spend most if his time and effort trying to create an accurate representation and suggestion of the light and atmosphere. The difference between a landscaper and the painter is that the landscaper had the actual elements in unmeasured and ever shifting variety. The gardener will make as much as possible use of these characters!
In areas where the weather is often bad, there are often questions as to whether it is even worth it to create a garden. Most areas, even with these conditions, have qualities that can be studied and turned to an advantage.
The Natural style of landscaping is undeniably the most popular and favored style in America and England. This style that appeals to the people who are less knowledgeable about gardening, allowing them to satisfy their need to feel over thinking things through.
These people often admire the stunning patterned flower beds found in parks, but then put into their own beds the most distastefully unnatural things. These people do not study the values of unity and lack the ability to grasp the idea behind the creation of a harmonious composition. In general they have a much greater, though thoughtless, attachment to noble trees, natural shrubberies, green lawns and cool shadows, or to a combination of all these elements.
Following a few simple rules will allow for the creation of a more natural garden. The look is typically messed up due to thoughtlessness, rather than intention. Most homes or parks that are designed tend to lack naturalness, but this can be brought back with a little work, erasing the artificiality and bringing a true naturalness back into the setting.
If the theme of your garden demands a fountain, or if you would just really like to have a fountain, you don't need to worry about offsetting the natural appearance. There are many types of fountains that will enhance your natural setting, consider a stunning wall fountain for example.
Open lawns are the foundation of a natural landscape. Lawns should be large, with as few interruptions as possible. Speaking in a very general way, and with room for exceptions, it is best to devote all the center and interior of any landscape piece to open lawn. The plantings of trees and shrubs need to be confined to the boundaries. Buildings should be located toward one side. Most importantly, the drives and walks should never cut through the middle of the grounds if a natural, rural effect is to be preserved.
Lawns can be kept clipped or allowed to grow as it will. Overly clipped lawns send a feeling of artificiality, so clippings are best kept to the vicinity of the building, or places where smooth surfaces and straight lines already exist.
The un-mowed lawn is suitable for more natural settings. The lawn needs to be covering a more comparatively large area. Your indoor living room, after all, does not have furniture covering the entire room, and similarly, you do not want your green carpet being covered by trees and shrubs.