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Planned Gardens (Part 2)

Planned Gardens (Part 2)

Because so much of the pattern in planned gardens is derived from paths and low hedges, it is necessary to bring in some vertical elements to provide height and interest. These can be introduced in various ways. A sundial or bird-bath on a pedestral or a stone fountain can make a good central feature. Yew or box clipped into tall shapes or mop-headed box or bay trees in tubs can be positioned in rows on either side of a path.

Focal points. A focal point is something that attracts attention. It might be a small building or tree on the horizon or a sculpture or urn. A focal point should be deliberate. You do not want the eye attracted towards a washing line or tool shed. The eye likes to go to a focal point in a straight line, so formal gardens are asking for focal points to be positioned at the ends of straight paths.

The Winter Garden Borders

The Winter Garden Borders

The winter garden depends to a large extent on the underlying structure and design for its effects. The bare bones of hard landscaping and boundaries are more noticeable in winter, and all planting must be planned to enhance the built features when they are most exposed.

Before you dig a new border, it is vital that you first decide what its outline will look like in winter, when it is clearly visible and most of the plants are taking a rest. Walk around the garden, getting different views, and decide whether you need a circular shape, a smart triangle, a series of beds with paths weaving between them, or a single, impressive island bed.

Landscaping With Washed Stone, Sand And Gravel

Landscaping With Washed Stone, Sand And Gravel

Many products are available in the landscaping industry, but washed natural round stone is one of the most versatile and inexpensive materials on the market. Washed stone is an assortment of fractured and round stones that transports you to a natural, authentic setting without ever leaving your yard. The variation in colors adds contrast and elegance to your home.

Use them for walkways, edging, patios, and gardens along with about anything your imagination can create. Washed stone is popular in the construction of backyard waterfalls. Choose washed natural round stone by color, shape and size to fit your existing décor. Natural stones are relatively inexpensive, yet they are durable and low maintenance adding a rustic down home look to your property.