Jonathan ford landscape architect

Garden and Landscape Design Tips: Borrow the surrounding ...


borrow the surrounding landscape

This photograph is taken from a bench for spectators watching tennis but notice how the cube head lime have been positioned to allow a glimpsed view out of the garden via the clock tower to the hillside across the valley. This garden has a particularly high stone wall along it's boundaries so this view is precious and needs to be made the most of. The view helps the garden breath by preventing it becoming too enclosed. It also makes the garden feel bigger.

The garden below ends just beyond the lawn in the foreground. The tree and shrub planting on the boundary hides the neighbouring property but allows views to the countryside beyond.

In town gardens it is more normal to borrow our neighbours' trees and larger shrubs which rise above the boundary fence or wall. If the boundary is hidden our perception is that these plants are part of our own garden.