Monday, August 11, 2014

How to Design Your Landscape --The Ultimate Guide

Lush in early summer, minimalist during winter.
Views into the home considered, views from home into the garden considered.
Canopy trees, walls of plantings, flooring with plantings - gravel.  Within this trinity are contrasting foliage textures, contrasting foliage sizes, contrasting foliage colors, a color theme, repetition, focal points, subsidiary focal points, pots so fabulous they can remain empty,  pots/focal points so fabulous they will be fought over at your estate sale, use of plinths for proper heights with urns, backdrop of the home included, color echoes of flowers to paint color on home, repetition of color on iron pieces fence-downspout-lighting-trellis-arms of bench,  seating with arms & back tall enough to rest the head/nap, transition zones from formal to wild wood, house/garden have a vanishing threshold, maximum pollinator habitat with its high density/low density,  ornamental plantings increasing potager yields up to 80%, sensory delights with visual-fragrance-sound of birds & wind thru foliage - foot upon gravel, historic-a template older than CE.

I see an entire Landscape Design course in this picture.  What do you see?
Name it to claim it.
Garden & Be Well,   XO Tara
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Lori Buff said...

I see art.

La Contessa said...


YvonneT said...

I see a European home with wonderful peaceful space to put your feet up with a good book and be enveloped in a garden of fragrance and beauty. I love the combination of earth tones in the building, furniture and flower pots and the simplicity of using only white and purple flowers. What a gorgeous space! Yvonne

jennifer said...

Tara, I love that you don't mince words. Who needs a lot of fluff! Does this scene overlook the mountains? It is certainly picturesque! Thanks for the inspiration.

LPC said...

It's gorgeous. I see history.

The only thing I have to add is for California, we go big in early spring, and ramp down by late summer. End of August is our version of vegetation mid-winter:).

Share my Garden said...

What I'm seeing surely is an English garden? I've got the self-same steamer chair and seem to recognise the stonework of the house and the temperature of the weather.
I came over to look at your site after noting your comment on 70+ women on Janet's blog. 70+, that's me - less of the cheek!

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Rebecca Hively said...

I see contentment laced with art.