Most people like neat and orderly gardens—straight lines, perpendicular corners, and shrubs trimmed into boxes and spheres. For them, having one kind of plant on the left means having the same number and kind on the right. You can see everything in a single glance.
But is strict formality always best? Jorge Sanchez, landscape designer at SMI in Palm Beach, Florida, says no. To illustrate why, he points to Elizabeth and Facundo Bacardi's garden in Coral Gables. It's formal near the house, but then it throws you some curves.
This curving walk urges you to explore the garden.