Focal points are made up of carefully placed objects that direct a person's line of sight. Their goal in the garden is to propel the movement and prompt the user to make a decision: How to proceed with this turn on the road? Do I continue on the path that offers the same experience or choose the one that teases the senses by offering an interesting sculpture, tree specimen, bridge or rock? When a focal point is well placed on a user's course, it does not feel manipulated.
How to fertilize: Feed every month in the spring and summer with an organic fertilizer labeled for roses or tomatoes. When to prune: Some types flourish on new growth and others on old growth. When you buy, ask the nursery what type you have and when you should ponder. Where to Buy: Local garden centers have plenty of choices in the spring. Good mail order sources include Brushwood Nursery and Joy Creek Nursery. By carefully carving the landscape and choosing the right plants and materials, you can hide an unattractive driveway. With only a few steps, lessHan-perfect photo part of your home can be turned into a gardener's paradise.
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).