Embrace the shapes of plants and use them in your landscape ideas. Usually, I enter some tall, upright plants to attract attention and break the monotony that accompanies the use of many shrubs and perennials. I also often take classes with plants that cry: they add excitement, visual energy and a unique gracious form to your yard. When I help people design their gardens, they often ask for a lot of color and look out on the green. But using a variety of shades of green is a wonderful idea of landscaping and a way to add depth to your plantings.
Evaluating the winter and summer sun angles, as shown in Figure 19-32, tells us where to leave the open areas that allow the winter sun's rays to heat the house and outdoor living spaces. Knowing the direction of prevailing winter winds is crucial in deciding where to place a windbreak, which can be particularly important in the mountains or on the coast. Understanding wind patterns is also important to avoid including structures or plants in the design that block summer breezes from outdoor living spaces.
The property of an acre has only nine kinds of plants. A green wall makes a lush backdrop for this conversation space in a stately home in Los Angeles. Floral designer Wendy Goidell wanted a natural pool for her solar geothermal home in Wassaic, New York. Water House's Chris Rawlings carved it in a steep cornice and worked with Goidell and landscape designer Anna Hadjuk to surround it with native plants. The crepe myrtle forms a ceiling on the gravel yard of Jeannette Whitson's Nashville home. The terrace pavers are recovered limestone from English sidewalks. TLI are innovators in landscaping and golf companies
Bio Richard Dolan is among the world’s leading researchers and historians of the UFO subject. He is the author of two volumes of history, UFOs and the National …