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This walk should be comfortable for two people walking alongside the coast – a minimum of 41 feet 2 feet is recommended. The main entrance can be elevated by a walkway with an interesting surface texture, such as brick, slate, concrete pavers, aggregates or tinted concrete (Figure 19-36). Outdoor lighting enhances security and directs pedestrian traffic to the entrance after dark. Low and indirect lighting can safely illuminate paths. Municipalities and other government agencies are moving towards a reduction in light pollution. For these reasons, incorporate appropriate lighting systems into the landscape, including the down-lighting of specimens and hardscape plantings.
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The vertical planes create the outer walls, surround the space and serve as a backdrop for improving the other elements of the space. The vertical elements frame some views inside and outside the space and terminate the line of sight. Examples in the landscape include trees, shrubs, walls, fences, lampposts and pillars. The vertical plane is defined by the facades of the buildings that create an exterior corridor. The transition from the ground plane (defined by a lawn or walkway) to the vertical plane is created by the use of curbs, ferns and vines (Figure 19-10). Breaking the space in its elements, the ground plane is defined by the brick walkway.
Although detailed and complex, the process can be enjoyable if taken a little at a time. You will not regret spending the time doing it properly. When you have finished, you will have a master plan - or a masterful design - to show for your efforts. In the case where the words "blueprint" seem concrete, you can find the idea of a "long-term plan" less fixed but no less useful in accomplishing the big and small goals that add up to a satisfactory landscape. Before putting a pencil on paper or planting flowers, take the time to determine what you want to accomplish in your landscape. Much of the planning and design will happen in your head when you think of ideas and think about what you like the most.
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The corners of a house or other structures, passing corners or mailboxes are good places to start. Measure in the center of the plant from both locations and take note of the distances. Use a scale to transfer these plant centers to the base plane. The inventory of the property and the recording of the existing structures and features of the landscape also offer the opportunity to identify the positive and negative aspects of the existing landscape. An effective landscaping goal is to create a definite relationship between the home and its environment. Note the plants that should be kept and worked in the new landscape or planting.
Some trees and shrubs may simply require a size, while others may need to be moved or removed altogether. All guidelines and restrictions pertaining to neighborhood associations must be taken into account. After locating the existing plants and beds on the parcel plan, identify the individual plants. A detailed assessment of the negative and positive aspects of the existing landscape includes the following considerations.
The journey through the garden is like a story that begins when you enter the garden. The story continues as one moves through twists along a path, guided by focal points that predict what happens next. Finally, a highlight in the garden trip occurs at a destination – the garden activity room. The story is not finished yet. It resumes as you leave the room and the gradual transition out of space begins to move to the next destination or leave the garden. The language of the models is a philosophy developed by Christopher Alexander (emeritus professor of architecture at the University of California, Berkeley).
Make sure the final plant selections are appropriate for the site and design. For example, choose a large evergreen tree as an indigenous arborvitae cultivar (Thuja occidentalis) and locate several to build a screen or windbreaker. Select tall deciduous trees planted away from the home’s foundation on the south and west exposures to mitigate the hot summer temperatures. For shaded areas, consider shade tolerant perennials such as Indian pink (Spigelia marilandica), tiarella cordifolia, white aster (Eurybia divaricatus) and green and gold (Chrysogonum). virginianum) around shade-tolerant evergreen plants. like the Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) or the anise tree (Illicium floridanum).