Monthly Archives: June 2014

Focal Points Made Easy


Last time we discussed different styles of gardens, and mentioned details such as fountains, sculpture, and shrubbery. While these elements look great in the background, sometimes you want something special to catch the eye that ties all of your landscaping plans together. This is the focal point, and choosing one can be easy when you have an experienced landscaper like Algiere’s to help.

The important thing is to keep everything in perspective. What is your budget like? Is your priority something large, or do you want to spread the money around? Do you prefer a plant or architectural focal point? How much time do you have for maintenance, do you want something that requires a lot of work, or would you prefer something more low maintenance? Consider your style of house and any elements you already have. You don’t want to clash or have anything stick out inappropriately.



It might seem overwhelming, but a good landscaper will sit you down and ask the right questions to get the answers. For example, we might ask if you prefer lilies or daisies. It might seem simple, but the answer tells us a lot about you and your sense of style. Lilies are a more formal flower, while daisies take center stage in a more cottage style of gardening. We will show you pictures of different kinds of plantings and styles of gardens. We can accommodate anyone, whether traditional or more eclectic and funky. Just give us a call!


Pictures for this week’s blog were taken in the Abbey Gardens in Culross, Scotland. The modern sculptures are by the British artist Julia Francis. For more information on her work, you can email her at or visit her Facebook page at 


What’s Your Gardening Style?


When planning a formal garden, it’s good to know what style suits both you and your landscape. You may have heard terms like English, Japanese, and Cottage gardens, but what do those terms really mean?

English Garden 2


An English garden features architectural touches, like fountains and statuary. You’ll also find in many traditional English gardens, (called landscape gardens in the UK), little grottoes made of shrubbery with benches to hide away in for an hour or two with a good book. Winding paths join grotto to bird bath to statuary. This romantic style works well in larger yards and features more greenery than flowering plants.


A Japanese garden will typically have some sort of water feature as its focal point, typically a small pond or flowing stream. It will attempt to mimic the style of house or building it’s attached to a bit more than an English garden typically will. While a Japanese garden will feature stone work and paths like the English garden, you’ll see more flowering bushes and shrubs, like dogwood or cherry.

Cottage Garden

A Cottage garden will be much more dense and focus more on flowering and fruit plants than stonework or water features. It tends to layer fruit trees, climbing plants, and flowers, roses being a typical choice for this style.

While these three are typical styles, there are many others out there to explore. Get creative, do an internet search and jot down styles you like, or pick and choose elements from a few that you imagine would work well together. Then call use at Algiere’s, we can sit down with you and work out a plan that fits both your aesthetic and your square footage!