If you live in rural area then you’re garden is likely to be more successful if you reflect the components of the naturally occurring local landscape in your garden design plan.  If you happen to live in town close to a village green, then reflecting this in your design will more than likely ensure a high degree of success, both for your garden and for the benefit of the village as a whole.

Likewise the style of your house must be considered as this may influence the style of your garden or how you position of key features within the design.  If you live in a cottage or cottage like house you will be most likely to have success with a cottage garden.  Likewise if you live in a large rural dwelling, matching your theme to that kind of dwelling will help you to achieve a satisfying unity.  If your house is historic and geometric in design then perhaps you should have a long hard look at formal garden solutions.

As your own garden designer, the more things that you can bring into context with each other the more likely you will achieve a result that is worthy of your efforts.

The following list of comparisons may help you to find a starting point:

Cottage or cottage type dwelling: Cottage or small informal garden

Farmhouse: Country garden

Rural Bungalow: Country, cottage, or small informal garden

Town Bungalow: Colonial, town or cottage garden

Historic Building: Formal garden.  Some research may provide information about the type of garden that is traditional for your area

Seaside House: Rock and saltwater tolerant plant garden. Do not plunder the local, or any other landscape for your materials.

Fishermans house:  Water garden.