Low-rise houses seem larger if pyramidal evergreen plants are used to alter the horizontal lines of the house. The purpose of the foundation planting is to connect the structural materials of the house and the surrounding landscape. The foundation planting must be balanced and simple enough to accent the building. Usually, two or three different plant species are sufficient to achieve this effect. Often, tall shrubs are planted at the corners of the house, accent plants are used by the front door and lower growing shrubs are planted under the windows. To make a larger house appear larger shrubs are placed just off the front corners.
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Groundcovers and lawns act as unifying elements in a landscape. A unified landscape offers a pleasant view from every angle. A landscape with too many ideas in a small space lacks unity. Too many varieties of plants, accent plants, lawn accessories with shapes, textures or contrasting colors violate the unit principle by distracting the viewer from a theme visual coherence that unites the individual elements of the landscape. Perspective is our visual perception of three-dimensional space. Some techniques may look like a small space, while others may make a larger space appear.
Private life can be achieved through the use of informal or formal hedges or fences. A patio should have easy access to the house and be large enough to accommodate several people and garden furniture. A child's play area should be easily visible from a window. Unobstructed lawn areas left in the central area of the courtyard provide space for outdoor activities and border areas can be used for other planting. A great imagination can be used in the arrangement of flower beds and shrubs and accent trees. This creates an attractive garden environment and an interesting view of the interior of the house.