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Do you need direction? Some simple tips for your garden
If there's one thing we all need, it's DIRECTION. Just imagine what chaos it would be on the road without it. People like to know where they are going - whether it's on a motorway; in life; in a job; in a public park or indeed, in a garden. Why? Because making sense of the things around us means that we can work out what to do. Where to go and how to proceed. It enables us to get the most out of what we are doing.
philosophical terms here, but concentrate on something far more achievable. Gardens. Have you noticed how pleasurable it is to be in a garden that guides you on a journey? Or within a public park that gently leads you from one pleasure to the next without leaving you to work out how to get there?Do you know where you are going? Let's not think in
It's all quite easy once you realise that you have the power to direct dozens; hundreds; even thousands of people, without having to say a single word. How can you do this? Take the above picture of a simple meadow. The pathway through long grass looks like a pleasurable route. Indeed, the temptation to resist travelling down that path would be difficult to resist. The second picture, however, is quite different. Where would you go? There's no 'destination' mapped out for you. Perhaps you would turn around to find another path. Pathways are an excellent method of providing direction. They can be purely functional or rather more decorative; creative or plain; essential or frivolous. Not only do they provide a 'flow' for pedestrian traffic but they protect areas around them by keeping people on a definite 'route'. A form of crowd control without the police.
There are other ways to direct, without using paths. This is the STRUCTURAL element of a garden. Structure can be provided by plants and features that are permanent. Trees, including conifers; shrubs; hedges; ponds; garden archways; pergolas; statues; even flowerbeds and the shape of your lawn. They guide the eye to visually lead you around the garden and also provide physical clues as to what this garden is all about.
This is the great attraction of statues; benches and specimen plants that are positioned to provide a 'destination' . Seeing something interesting in the distance immediately gives people DIRECTION.
statue to create a 'destination' and see how it alters the perception of an outdoor space.Try it in your own garden! Add a
Even tiny spaces should have a sense of purpose. But don't make the mistake of filling small gardens with tiny features. Think big - it's far more effective. In fact a large pot or sculpture makes a small garden look much larger.
planting and structure and the place will burst into life.Have FUN with your garden. It doesn't need to be a blank lawn surrounded by a fence! Use
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