Figure 19 - 13. This arch is a transition space that invites you to cross and experience another part of the landscape. Figure 19 - 14. A large outdoor garden room that can accommodate several people. Figure 19 - 15. An intimate outdoor dining room on a scale for two people. Figure 19 - 16. A distant focal point, note the blue building at the end of this path. Figure 19 - 17. This is the destination of the focal point. Figure 19 - 21a. The bubble chart allows you to determine the best size and location of the items you are looking for and the traffic patterns. Figures 19-21b-d play with FORMS. Note that all the elements of the bubble stay in the same place and remain fairly constant in size.
Reality is a sustainable yard can be planted in a lush, attractive and undemanding manner. The good news for homeowners who prefer a neater look is that there are ways to be friendly in Florida without compromising on aesthetics. Landscape plants tolerant to drought with a "neat" growth habit are available. The "wild" aspect of some native plants can be controlled by using architectural features (shrouds and fences) and selected maintenance practices. Natural areas can be made more attractive by removing debris and sprawling plants. In addition, building materials, such as permeable paving, can reduce the visual and ecological impact of large surfaces, such as walkways.
While a front lawn is a very common feature, consider reducing the area planted with sod. Unless there are designated uses for a lawn area in the front yard, the costs, labor and chemical inputs often involved in the maintenance of a lawn can be avoided by planning a frontal landscape without turf. Incorporate masses of ground coverings or mulched areas into the front landscape to create interesting lines.
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