The way the sun affects the house and the site at different seasons greatly influences the overall design. The proper placement of plants is based on knowing the direction of the sun at different times of the day as well as at different times of the year. The yard should be observed throughout the day to determine areas that receive full sun (more than six hours a day), partial sun, and mostly shade. Understanding sun exposure helps us make design decisions such as planting trees to shade a patio in the summer or recognizing that putting a gargleden in an area that receives only partial sun causes little fruit when it comes time to harvest.
Linear shapes emphasize the real and imaginary lines in the landscape and play an important role in the creation of small and large spaces. Draw the viewer's eye through the landscape by grouping plants or hardscape elements (Figure 19-24). The eye is unconsciously influenced by how the groupings fit and flow horizontally and vertically. Variety created through diverse and contrasting shapes, textures and colors is a feature of good landscape design. By avoiding uniformity, the variety reduces monotony in a design. Adding elements with contrasting qualities or contrast increases visual interest and increases viewer satisfaction with the design (Figure 19-25).
The common lengths of wood are 8, 10 and 12 feet. The longer boards are becoming more expensive. A bridge designed to be built with 10 feet of wood would be much cheaper than a bridge 10 feet and 8 inches long. Also, remember that the structure must work with the outside scale. Instead of an 8-foot ceiling and walls 12 to 15 feet apart, the outdoor spaces could be defined by a 25-foot high tree canopy or back fencing. 75 feet. Try to buy only the amount of wood treated under pressure because it can not be recycled. Brick is one of the easiest building materials to use and is readily available.
In the foreground, the horizontal floor plan changes as the Chapel Hill gravel pavement meets the granite border. The border is always part of the horizontal mass plane. When the pavement meets the granite border, it begins to build the vertical plane. The vertical plane continues to grow with the increase in the height created by the plants. Paving also changes under the bridge to a gray slab tiling pattern. As we move away from the structure, the horizontal ground plane turns into crushed granite fines. Note that the gray color helps to create a transition between all these different elements. The large structure completely surrounds the user.
Plant Details for Plants in Figure 19-52 Figure 19- 42. These azaleas are quite a statement when planted en masse in this informal bed.a chain link fencing providing privacy from the neighboring yard. Figure 19 - 44. This fringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus) acts as a specimen plant with its showy white flowers drawing our attention to a piece of garden art that otherwise would have been unglamorous. Figure 19 - 45. These shrubs have been overhanging and their adult size is much larger for this small garden. The branches now overhang the wall and may be a danger to the pedestrians. Figure 19 - 46. This alley uses permeable pavers that allow the grass to grow between the two and catch rainwater before it runs out.
The main environmental impact related to the stone is the energy minière and transport. Repurposing bricks or broken concrete from your old patio can reduce the mining activity. Choose wood that is labeled from sustainable wood production and (with the exception of wood that touches the ground) wood that is not chemically treated. For more information on certification, visit the Forest Stewardship Council website at The best wood is naturally sustainable hardwoods from a source as close to the site as possible. If pre-treated wood is needed, use treated wood with low VOC paints, dyes and preservatives.
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