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Architectural

What’s that? You’re not sure what the difference is between Architectural and Formal? Well, brave soul, there are many who are glad you asked, to be sure.

Simply put, Architectural is the new Formal. It’s about using all those classic formal shapes but in a new fusion way which blends languid (or exuberant!) informality and formal design. Adding punctuations of formality and contour to an otherwise very free-spirited garden not only provides a playful contrast in summer, it provides a clever way to overcome that ‘party’s over’ let down you so often get from an informal garden come winter, maintaining beauty and composition long after all the flowers have gone to bed with a hangover.

Many varieties can provide architectural backbone to a scheme, ranging from traditional topiary shapes to trees with strong and uniform natural forms to dramatic amorphic show stoppers which provide sculptural focal points. It really is all about how you use them, but here are some of our favourites when it comes to creating architectural flair.

Acer palmatum 'Sango kaku'

Acer palmatum 'Sango kaku'

10043 - Japanese maple

Betula utilis var. jacquemontii

Betula utilis var. jacquemontii

10100 - Himalayan birch

Carpinus betulus (Pleached)

Carpinus betulus (Pleached)

10123 - Common Hornbeam

Carpinus betulus (Topiary)

Carpinus betulus (Topiary)

11216 - Hornbeam

Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca'

Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca'

10132 - Blue Atlas cedar

Cedrus libani

Cedrus libani

10140 - Cedar of Lebanon

Chamaecyparis law. 'Lane'

Chamaecyparis law. 'Lane'

10146 - Lawson cypress

Cornus controversa 'Variegata'

Cornus controversa 'Variegata'

10152 - Table dogwood

Fagus syl. 'Red Obelisk'

Fagus syl. 'Red Obelisk'

10213 - Beech

Malus 'Evereste' (Pleached)

Malus 'Evereste' (Pleached)

10332 - Apple - Crab

Parrotia persica (Topiary)

Parrotia persica (Topiary)

11121 - Persian ironwood

Phyllostachys aurea

Phyllostachys aurea

10366 - Golden bamboo

Phyllostachys nigra

Phyllostachys nigra

10367 - Black bamboo

Pinus sylvestris 'Watereri' (Topiar

Pinus sylvestris 'Watereri' (Topiar

11306 - Blue Scots pine

Pinus sylvestris (Topiary)

Pinus sylvestris (Topiary)

11339 - Scots pine

Rhus typhina

Rhus typhina

10476 - Stag's horn sumach

Stewartia sinensis

Stewartia sinensis

11148 - Chinese stewartia

Taxus baccata (Topiary)

Taxus baccata (Topiary)

11308 - English yew