Figure 19-21b. A cuvillinear arrangement with rounded lines and paths to the elements shown in the bubble diagram Figure 19-21a. Figure 19 - 21c. A rectilinear layout using straight lines and inclined trajectories to represent the elements shown in the bubble diagram. Figure 19-21a. Figure 19-21d. An inclined rectilinear arrangement uses the straight lines of Figure 19-21c but on the diagonal. Simplicity, repetition, line, variety and harmony are used in landscape design to create a visually appealing composition. Simplicity strives to create spaces and not to fill them. "Less is more."
The rhythm is the repetition of elements of design. Repetition helps to attract the eye through design. The rhythm occurs when the elements appear in a defined direction and in regular measurements. Both color and shape can be used to express the rhythm (Figure 19 - 7). Accent is the inclusion of an element that stands out in an orderly design. For example, the silvery leaves are scattered on a background of dark green conifers (Figure 19 - 8). Without accent, a design can be static or dull. An accent may be a garden accessory, a plant specimen, a plant composition, or a water element. Rocks are often used as accents, but they can be overused.
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.
Collecting water with rain barrels is an extremely easy (and environmentally friendly) way to water your plants. "We have a rain barrel and it's fixed on the downspout, so all the water comes out of the roof of your house," says Peyton. Or it could be as simple as letting a trash can fill with water. For a low-maintenance outdoor cooking space, invest in appliances that last. "If you want something that will stand the test of time, opt for a built-in barbecue with a stone veneer on the front," says Peyton. A sturdy granite countertop is also a durable feature, and it is ideal for resisting varied weather conditions.
A Garden Room built by Rubicon with stunning views over the valley on the edge of Snowdonia National Park. The garden room is built with zero maintenance wood fibre composite cladding and is…