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By Valerie Easton

A development backyard offers us the instruments for growing our personal hugely pleasing backyard areas. Easton identifies 14 backyard styles that she sees as basic to profitable layout and that would flip any panorama right into a memorable and profitable retreat. This booklet can help you determine what pleases you, and why, and supply thought and course within the planting and format of your individual backyard. Discussions of crucial styles, equivalent to the construction of paths or the incorporation of water into the backyard, are complemented by means of concrete recommendation approximately plant choice.

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It only opened onto the back alley—but One of the most charming garden houses I’ve ever that wasn’t the point. Just a door, impressive due to its seen was a tiny yoga studio, set into a back corner of the size and deepness of color, cast a spell, and made one garden. The little peak-roofed house had its own minia- wonder what was on the other side, even though in ture porch with window boxes, a Dutch door, and paned actuality it was nothing more than the trash cans. I’ve windows. Because it was backed up against a giant fir tree, seen mirrors used in the same way to evoke a sense of there was a fairy-tale sense about it that drew you the mystery.

54 a pat tern garden A pattern in a large garden can be totally self-referen- structures. The miss doesn’t usually lie in a lack of square tial and thus create its very own scale. Picture a raked- footage, but rather in the dimensions of the thing. Gar- sand and stone Zen garden set into a naturalistic den structures, perhaps because they’re outside under the landscape, or a fenced children’s play area, somewhat sepa- open sky, look best when made hunky and sturdy. Spindly rate but still visually connected to the larger garden.

The addition of a hefty per- den, or using any other visual device to entice the eye from gola or a tall, pointed tree to guide your eye upward can foreground to background adds this extra dimension to change how we experience the scale of a garden. And if the experience of being in the garden. that pointed tree is used to guide your eye beyond the gar- It can be fun to play around with scale. By using unex- den’s boundaries to the sea, sky, or neighboring trees pectedly large objects or especially tiny pieces of garden beyond, it gives the garden context through the Japanese furniture, you can startle people into paying attention to the concept of borrowed scenery.

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