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Here is a helpful hint when it comes to planning your setting. If you want have an outdoor room that takes little effort to keep it in order, it is not best to create a completely formal setting, unless you have very little space to work with. With a formal garden setting, the lines are architectural and must be constantly maintained in order to keep the formal appearance.

Formal settings involve heavy labor and constant upkeep with edging and trimming. Plants grow quickly and can easily become unruly if not tended to daily. An informally planned garden room allows for some neglect, as this can actually create a charming picture. The informal setting is perfect for allowing plants to reach their full potential.

Informality
The informal outdoor room is a place that is irregular in shape and follows no set pattern. The center is normally left open, and the boundary lines are graceful and often curved. The plants should vary in dimension and height, and be planted irregularly. This creates a charming and simplistic setting.

Even with an informal setting, it is still a good idea to have a basic plan for the beds before you begin. This will make planting and purchasing much easier.

With an informal space, flowers and shrubbery should be kept to the borders. The borders have no set size, they can be narrow or wide. For a border that is used for height to create a screen, the border will need to be wider. The size of the border will be determined by the view that needs to be blocked.

When it comes to an informal garden setting, there are many possibilities when it comes to plantings and design. We create the look we want, and rely on Mother Nature to improve it!