Monday, March 16, 2009


Winter's landscape in England last January. Why does it look good in the depths of winter? Thoughts on this tiny space:
* Mostly evergreen. Serene landscapes use evergreens as a chief element.
* Repetition: color, line, evergreens, hardscape brick.
* Overdosing a theme: faded green wood topiaries.
* Drawing the eye to the sky with the focal point topiaries enlarges the space.
* Repetition of balls on topiaries to match ball on brick column.
* Vertical lawn on backdrop brick wall adds lushness & feeling of more space.
* Contrasting textures of foliage.
* House provides canopy layer.
* Plants on the house provide understory layer.
* Low maintenance allows good maintenance.
* A sense of who the owner is.
* Element of control, Man over Nature.
* Element of wild nature with some plants spilling over the brick wall.
* Element of mystery. What will be blooming later?
* Clean visual line of house, low wall, column.
* No stupid sign saying, Welcome. (Thank God.)
* Nothing cute.
* Sense of timelessness.

A little garden. Did you know it held so much DESIGN?
Garden & Be Well, XO Tara


Sheila said...

Thanks for the insight!

Tara Dillard said...

There is a landscape design language magazines & tv shows overlook.

Creating a landscape is easier when you know the language of its elements.
XO Tara

ChrisC and JonJ said...

New to your blog,and I love your ideas!

Monika said...

Hi your blog.
Where did you get those green topiaries? love them!