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Include two or more cultivars in the design to ensure proper pollination. Read more in Chapter 14, "Berries". To make the landscape more efficient and less frustrating to maintain, consider these design suggestions: If a forest fire is a potential problem, create at least a 30-foot space around the house ( more if the house is on a slope or if the surrounding vegetation is particularly flammable) by removing flammable materials from the area around the building. Identify the prevailing wind, which is the direction from which the fire is most likely to approach. Make sure you do not design storage for firewood, building materials or other flammable materials on this side of the yard.
One of the simplest and most elemental landscaping ideas is also one of my favorites: creating contrasts. Think about the color: When you combine the rich burgundy color with the chartreuse, the golden tints seem to get brighter and the purple tones seem to get richer and darker. Together, colors are much more effective than when used alone. As a gardening idea, improve what plants do naturally.
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.