Classic gardens are essentially formal gardens. They are defined by clean geometry, symmetry and crisp lines. With roots in ancient history, they reached their pinnacle in formal French gardens such as the ones at Versailles.
While not many of us have a large estate to landscape, with so many American homes featuring classical elements, it makes sense that our gardens follow suit. Formal can be both chic and timeless. These basic elements of formal garden design will help you adapt the style to your site.