The asymmetric scale describes a balance obtained by using different objects. For example, if a large box is placed on one side of a scale, it can be counterbalanced by several small boxes placed on the other side. An asymmetrical balance occurs in landscaping when a large existing tree or shrub needs to be balancedt by a group or group of smaller plants (Figure 19-4). Equilibrium can also be achieved using color or texture. The unit is reached when different parts of the design are grouped or organized to appear as a single unit. The repetitions of geometric forms, accompanied by strong and observable lines (figure 19-5), contribute to unity.
Fall and winter are usually some of the best times to prune, but look for each plant in your garden to make sure. Too much color without a sense of harmony can become a distraction. Before making a trip to the nursery, you need to know which palette you want as well as which colors work well together. Look at the color of your house, then choose a color that really frames it. Try to stay semi-monochromatic for the most part because if there is too much color and it is too strong, it can almost become a distraction. Repetition and some harmony in a garden goes a long way. Many owners make the mistake of over watering.
Bridging the foliage to hide the corners will make a house wider and more compact. Evergreen plants are often chosen for foundation planting because they retain their color throughout the year. Deciduous plants also have a lot to offer, as many have interesting foliage, colorful bloom, berries or bark. A combination of evergreen and deciduous shrubs can make an attractive foundation planting. Foundation plantings should not be planted within 1m of the house and tall shrubs should be planted further away if necessary. This distance allows the shrubs to grow sufficiently to keep out of the house and minimize possible damage to shrubs caused by snow falling from the roof.