Design tips: How to get the untamed, naturalistic garden

While clipped hedges and manicured lawns are pleasing, there’s something carefree and inviting about a garden that’s left more natural. Vines ramble over structures, pathways nearly disappear among billowing grasses and flowers grow freely among garden beds. Butterflies, birds and other wild creatures feel most at home in this type of garden, finding plenty of sources of food and shelter. If you’re ready to embrace a little wildness in your own backyard, here are a few ideas to get the look of a natural, informal garden.

Softscape

Naturalistic gardens draw inspiration from woodlands, meadows, forests or deserts for their planting style and color palett