garden style/ house style

Iowa City, IA(Zone 5a)

How much do you consider house style when designing a garden/front yard? Some garden styles seem particularly suited to certain house styles- for example, cottage garden/bungalow, formal/Georgian, modern/California ranch all seem suited to each other.

But how do you do a garden that is quite different in style from the house, and make it work? For example, there was a thread about a modern garden for the front of a bungalow style house and I liked that idea. Also I have seen pictures of very modern houses that have a quite cottagey or perhaps prairie style garden.

What makes these less conventional pairings work? Is it the forms of the borders/beds, the colors of flowers and foliage, the species of plants? Obviously one connection might be hardscaping, but I'm wondering about the non-hardscaping elements.

I've been reading and learning about garden design principles (very interesting and challenging!) but I haven't seen this question addressed.

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