Many of us here at Apartment Therapy are tending to less-than-palatial outdoor spaces. Often it's a window box or plant-filled balcony that makes up our apartments' "gardens". But even your choices in container gardens can be influenced by the French or the English garden...
formal French garden at Villandry. Image: Flickr member caspermoller licensed under Creative Commons
French gardens are formal. They're often symmetrical and plantings are trimmed in tidy geometries. Think green box hedges. Your small container garden equivalent might be like the linear wheatgrass or spherical topiaries pictured up top.
English garden in Hertfordshire. Image: Flickr member jimbowen0306 licensed under Creative Commons
The English garden is made to look much more like a natural landscape. It might even have an overgrown, untamed appearance. Think multi-color wildflowers. Your small container garden equivalent might be like the wildflower window box or fern-and-moss terrarium pictured up top.
top image: clockwise: Container Topiary, My Secret Garden, Eddie Ross, and Cottage Living