Formal gardens thrive on order and well-defined spaces and use  symmetry to tie the design together. This classic style never goes out of fashion and is best seen in the gardens of Luciano Giubbilei. His designs have won gold at Chelsea on several occasions. These gardens feature careful attention to proportion and repeat the pattern of  planting. They use clipped box hedging to provide structure.

A limited colour palette is best for formal gardens often featuring white and silver contrasted with blue. Formal gardens are easy to maintain and interest can be sustained through use of lollipop laurels and white roses, hydrangea, allium and either blue or white agapanthus.