We recognize that the more a person goes through transition spaces from a completely closed environment to a fully open environment, the more the experience becomes transparent and connected. Addressing the hierarchy, or order, of space and scale is also important. More precisely, land use can be determined by the scale of a space. Roads, for example, have a defined hierarchy. All lanes can be of standard size (large enough to accommodate a vehicle), but the streets are designed to accommodate a certain volume of traffic. As such, a level 1 road such as a highway may have four lanes in each direction.
For my backyard landscape, I have deliberately chosen plants with a bluish gray color and plants with yellow flowers. These textures and colors will create a contrast that will not fail to dominate my landscape. I reached the shape with the stone around my beds and the variety having a hardwood tree, a myrtle of flowering crepe, herbs and shrubs. There is rhythm because I have placed identical plants in all the different beds ~ you will see this rhythm repeated as you sweep through my landscape. The nandine will bloom red berries in winter and an olive tree will be covered with white flowers in spring.
Stepping stones lead through the lawn of a Florida home to the dining pavilion. Voluptuous 50-year-old wisteria vines drape a Victorian wire gazebo outside a New York home designed by Robin Bell, with the help of landscaper Deborah Nevins and architect Stephen Potters. Carved boxwood and a large hedge of trenches give a structure to the garden of Hamptons designer Gregory Shano. For a garden outside his Hamptons cottage, designer Podge Bune chose roses and traditional hedges. The Vietnamese urns at East Hampton Gardens frame the view of designer Jill Morris's home in New Jersey.
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