Semi-formal ponds combine formal water garden design with informal design. Many people may not set out to create this design style, but rather come to it through trial and error.
If you have a garden that is suited more toward a formal pond, but you would prefer an informal one, blending these two styles might be a good compromise.
This look can be achieved by adding informal plantings to a formal water garden. Loose, flowing plants can be placed to soften the structured lines and staggered plant sizes can provide a more relaxed feel.
Conversly, plants can be used to lend a more classical feel to what would otherwise be a very informal water garden.
In a yard that has both design styles a semi-formal water garden can also be used to transition smoothly from one to the other, leading to a more cohesive landscape.
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