Dutch Garden Style With Rows Of Yellow And Red Tulips
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The Dutch style of gardening is known for its formality, geometric design and efficient use of space. Because early Dutch homes were small and situated right next to each other, light and space were at a premium. Rooftop gardens were popular as well as homes shrouded with vines. 

Dense plantings of tulips also signal a flair for Dutch garden style. 

Ready to take on a new design style for your garden? Follow these tips to reimagine your space and add linear lines and rectangular layouts. 

Gardens in The Netherlands: Learn About Dutch Garden Design

One of the most famous examples of Dutch design is the Keukenhof (means “kitchen garden” in English) in the town of Lisse in the Netherlands. Also known as the Garden of Europe, each year almost 7 million spring bulbs are creatively planted in the park’s inspirational gardens and billed as “the most beautiful spring garden in the world.” Besides the flowers, which also feature roses, lilies, carnations, and irises, the park showcases sculptures and other works of art in collaboration with 25 artists. 

It is no surprise that typical plants for Dutch gardens include spring bulbs. In the fall, plant these spring-blooming beauties in your new Dutch-inspired garden:

  • Tulip
  • Narcissus
  • Crocus
  • Snowdrop

In the spring, add these plants to your Dutch garden:

  • Anemone
  • Calla Lily
  • Roses
  • Lilies
  • Carnations
  • Irises

Dutch Garden Style

Dutch garden design embraces long, straight lines and rectangular elements. Water is an important feature in many of the motifs. For example, a long, concrete walkway lined with symmetrical trees gives a formal look. A rectangular reflecting pool is sleek and modern. A low, clipped hedge or wall separates spaces and stops the linear flow.

Other elements in Dutch garden design include:

  • Neutral colors such as gray, black and white 
  • Gilt-edged fountains, obelisks, and topiaries
  • Contemporary furniture
  • Oversized accents such as containers

Much of today’s landscape design emphasizes curved landscape edges. Take a walk on the wild side and go for the Dutch straight lines!

Susan Albert

After graduating from Oklahoma State University with a degree in English, Susan pursued a career in communications. In addition, she wrote garden articles for magazines and authored a newspaper gardening column for many years. She contributed South-Central regional gardening columns for four years to Lowes.com. While living in Oklahoma, she served as a master gardener for 17 years.