Picking a garden style that works
SEE ALSO :Fruits as part of landscapeFor instance, a minimalist architectural style can be matched with a minimalist garden to reinforce the character of the house. Inspiration An element, form or material that has been used on the house can be repeated in the garden to create unity between the house and the garden resulting in a distinct style inspired by the house. Context or setting will be equally important. In the rural setting for instance, there is a strong argument for the use of native plants to ensure that there is integration of the garden into the broader landscape.
SEE ALSO :Decorative lighting for elegant gardenUsing locally sourced materials including gravels, timbers, paving and ornamental features and objects that are relevant to an area also helps to reinforce styles that are based on location. Start by making reference to gardening books and other gardens to help you understand the styles you are interested in in a deeper way. Think carefully about your lifestyle too so that the design establishes an environment that encourages and supports it. Discipline and consistency Achieving a successful interpretation of any garden style demands some degree of discipline and consistency. A Japanese garden as with any other garden styles requires a consistent palette of plants and materials; gravel, preferably artistically raked, rocks, water, clipped plants and bamboo fences and furniture. Terracotta pots, on the other hand, have no place in such a garden. Apply each style pragmatically and avoid forcing any aspects that don’t fit into your particular context or circumstances. Application There are styles that may have considerable appeal but may not travel well. A traditional Japanese garden is appropriate in Japan or around a Japanese building, but may appear somewhat odd against an African Style building. That is not to say there are no elements of the Japanese style that can serve as a design theme to be reinterpreted with an African flavour such as the use of rock placement and gravel with native plants and decorative features. The writer is a landscape architect [email protected]