By choosing a specific landscaping style, you give your property a unique character and a sense of cohesion. The approach you choose may be influenced by many factors, such as the architectural style of your building and the climate and weather conditions it is subjected to. Not all landscaping styles work well in the humid subtropical climate of southern Louisiana. For example, even if you like the look of a desert-inspired landscape, the plants may not survive moist conditions. Nevertheless, there are many landscaping options that are suitable for this naturally lush region.
Tuscany is a region of central Italy with such a strong cultural identity that it is sometimes jokingly referred to as a separate country. Tuscany was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and is known for breathtaking scenery and a strong agricultural tradition that gives rise to delicious food and wine.
You can emulate the Tuscan style in your New Orleans landscape by putting up a pergola and arbor as a centerpiece of your backyard and by growing your own vegetables and herbs, especially in pots. If you want to hearken back to the Renaissance, a labyrinth makes a nice touch if you have the space available. The climate of southern Louisiana is conducive to growing citrus plants, which can enhance the Mediterranean flavor of your property.
French culture has obviously been very influential to that of Louisiana, making it a fitting style for landscaping Baton Rouge. However, French garden design initially took its inspiration from the Italian Renaissance, which started in Tuscany. Therefore, the Tuscan style and the French style are related, but the French added elements to make it their own.
The French style of landscaping is all about symmetry. Cast-iron furniture, columns, trellises, and water features, such as fountains or birdbaths, are all emblematic of this aesthetic approach. Straight lines of columns, trees, or shrubs planted in a row should draw the eye toward your building, as this is typically the focal point of the French style of landscaping.
Examples of French and Tuscan landscape design may include large estates that cover acres of property. Do not let that intimidate you; it is certainly possible to create these styles by incorporating elements on a much smaller scale.
3. English Garden
The quaint English garden is a style that is reproducible in Louisiana despite the differences in climate. The plants you choose may be different than what would be planted in an actual garden in England, but many of the characteristic features of the English garden, including sculptures, cobblestone paths, benches, or a bridge over a small pond, could easily be installed in a New Orleans landscape to give it a cozy, home-like feeling.
If you are looking for landscaping styles that require relatively little maintenance, a woodland setting may be right for you. Once established, the flowers, shrubbery, and trees you incorporate can be left largely to their own devices and only need a little bit of human intervention.
Wooden benches and stone pathways are structural additions that help enhance this style. Functional birdhouses can give a property a woodland feel, but if you do not want to attract birds to your property, decorative birdhouses can have a similar effect.
For obvious reasons, a woodland style requires trees. If you already have some on your property, they can remain in place while the rest of the property is landscaped around them. If you would like to create a woodland setting but do not already have trees on your property, you need to decide between fast-growing, evergreen softwoods and slower-growing, deciduous hardwoods.
The climate of southern Louisiana can support a tropical landscape style in a way that would not be possible farther north. In addition to the bamboo accents, brightly colored furniture, and water features that could give a tropical feeling to any yard, you can also grow authentic tropical flowers, such as jasmine, orchids, and hibiscus.
The 60 inches of rainfall the region receives annually can certainly sustain the greenery. Southern Louisiana falls in Hardiness Zone 9, so confirm that the plants you choose can sustain temperatures down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Even if tropical perennials do not thrive, tropical annuals should do exceptionally well, so consider these as an alternative when planning your landscaping.
6. Japanese Garden
The Japanese garden style is intended to be closed off to encourage peaceful contemplation of spiritual matters. Therefore, a traditional Japanese garden may not be ideal for commercial landscaping. However, if you would like to create a sense of serenity, there are elements of this style that you can incorporate into your overall landscaping scheme.
A Japanese garden uses an asymmetrical style that nevertheless provides a sense of balance. Ornaments, plants, rocks, and water are all essential elements of the style. Stone basins, waterfalls, and koi ponds are all ways to incorporate these elements naturally into your landscape.
The Spanish were in Louisiana before the French and have also had an influence on the culture. Spanish style may be difficult to incorporate into a New Orleans landscape because the climate in Spain is drier than ours. Nevertheless, it can be recreated through the decorative elements that you choose for your landscape, such as blue-glazed ceramics and terracotta pots. It can also be represented through structural elements, such as multi-tiered fountains, walkways, walls, benches, and reflecting pools.
The prairie is a semi-arid climate very different from that of southern Louisiana. Therefore, an authentic prairie environment may not be feasible to recreate through landscaping in Baton Rouge.
However, it may be possible to create a prairie-inspired landscape using native grasses. The prairie is a region with few trees, and the trees it does have often do not grow very tall. If your property is already devoid of trees, a variation on this type of landscape could work very well for you. Instead of trees, a prairie is covered with grasses of varying sizes, as well as wildflowers in shades of red, purple, and yellow.
With a little creativity, you can create a prairie-style environment using grasses and wildflowers native to Louisiana. A quasi-prairie landscape offers unique advantages. Because the whole point is to allow the grasses to grow as tall as they will, it does not need mowing and requires little maintenance otherwise. If you plant native grasses, they should already be adapted to the amount of rainfall that we receive in southern Louisiana, so you shouldn't have to water them.
Modern landscaping is focused on the architecture of an outdoor space more than the landscaping. The space is pleasing to the eye using clean lines and iconic shapes. Look for poured concrete or cut stone that stands out. The flowers, shrubs, and trees are meant to compliment the space. Plants tend to be low maintenance and low growing.
Whatever style you choose, it is important to get the details right when planning your project. GreenSeasons Landscaping offers both design and installation services. Come to us with your ideas for your dream landscape, and we can help you make them a reality.