Creating Balance with Plants

Published on April 15 2010 by GuestPoster in Patio & Garden


Gardening is about creating a balance between nature and art. Your garden can present distinctive garden styles which can be created along the gradient between art and nature. I superimpose two layers in my gardens: the formality of an underlying framework, or of particular pieces, and then the perennials and grasses. The static formal layer comprises hedges, clipped forms, paths and the outlines of borders, which can consist of easy to care for plants. It also is a fixed reference point against which the intense changes experienced in the seasonally dynamic perennial planting layer are a constantly changing contrast.

Hedges are essential as background, and to create privacy, either to enclose the whole garden or to make ‘rooms’ within it. If there are hedges in the landscape, the garden hedges will mirror them, involving landscape and garden hedges will mirror them, involving landscape and garden with each other. If you are creative, it is possible to cut hedges in all sorts of dynamic ways: in curves to look like a dragon’s back, or in a more geometrical zig-zag. You can also plant hedges creatively, using a mixture of evergreens, like yew,alongside deciduous species, such as field maple, larch,hornbeam, species of amelanchier, dogwood and beech.

Allowed to grow naturally, the branches will blend into each other, creating a marbled effect, but it is also possible to create a very dramatic effect if you keep the plants separate using steel plates. Moreover, people often think that only an evergreen hedge has anything to offer in winter, but the interlocking branches of the skeletons in a mixed deciduous hedge can be just as attractive, each individual species having a different pattern of branching.

A garden will provide pleasure every day if, from the house, it offers an exciting view of a border, a pond, a clipped shrub, a statue, or an axis ending in a group of trees. Within the garden a perspective is like a spinal cord for the whole garden, especially if there is a path  that runs along the course of this axis. Tips from

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