Rudella Geiger Garden Design, 2018-04-04 15:07:21. Think big. Ample pathways and gathering spaces are inviting, and large features are engaging in any size space. You can maximize the livability of a small yard by taking advantage of changes in terrain to segment the space into different living areas.
Rosemonde Winter Garden Design, 2018-04-19 07:10:31. For example, in laying out one backyard, I projected the lines of its building addition into the garden space and then aligned the swimming pool and wooden walkway with those lines. The result is orderly and cohesive, even after being softened with planting.
Rosemonde Winter Garden Design, 2018-04-21 01:21:45. While there is much to be said for the cottage garden, with a rich array of varied planting (indeed, it is the real master gardener who can pull this off), there is a power to seeing a quantity of one plant that is genuinely affecting. Russell Page, one of the great twentieth century landscape designers said it well: the most striking and satisfying visual pleasure comes from the repetition or the massing of one simple element.
Della Bauer Garden Design, 2018-04-29 01:22:07. Another ratio may even be platinum, That is what I have always called the rule for step design advocated by landscape architect Thomas D. Church, often credited with creating the California style. Laid out in his seminal work Gardens Are for People, it says simply that twice the height of the riser plus the tread should equal 26 inches.
Geraldina Krantz Garden Design, 2018-04-25 17:22:01. The raised beds in my vegetable garden are 5 by 8 feet. It is a rectangular proportion that always looks good, they do not call it golden for nothing.
Rudella Geiger Garden Design, 2018-04-22 17:20:52. When selecting plants for a relatively small space, do not go color crazy, stick with a more monochromatic scheme of cooler colors (such as blues, violets, yellows and silvery greens) otherwise you may end up with a garden that feels close and confined.
Rosemonde Winter Garden Design, 2018-04-21 15:09:44. I remember as a beginning garden designer in California being taken aside by my mentor, a transplanted Englishwoman who owned the nursery, walking through a vast block of salvia, and being told that I could, if I liked, use 30 of them, not the three or five I had typically been planting. It was a liberating moment.
Gisella Aleshire Garden Design, 2018-04-21 03:46:38. Do not forget lighting to extend the use of your yard well into the night.
Geraldina Krantz Garden Design, 2018-04-21 03:46:33. It is with plants, probably more than any other element of gardens, that the infinite variation and fickleness of nature is most evident, and so perhaps, they are the trickiest to prescribe rules for. And yet, successful planting is the crowning touch of a garden. Three rules have always served me well.
Karline Wagner Garden Design, 2018-04-24 17:21:51. Small gardens have a lot more potential than you realize. Whether dealing with a long narrow space behind a vintage home, a cramped backyard that lacks privacy, or a shabby garden at the rear of a brownstone the possibilities are endless. So do not write off your 40 foot by 20 foot outdoor area just yet, with the right design, it could be an incredible garden.
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