Hampshire Life - - Gardening -

Lin­ear struc­tures and el­e­ments that at­tract and then di­rect the eye, such as al­lées, av­enues, borders and path­ways are ideal for punc­tu­at­ing with a fo­cal point.

Placed at the end of the space as a vis­ual full stop fo­cal points of urns, seats or sculp­ture keep the eye mov­ing for­ward, while on the sides they cre­ate a sense of greater width and an il­lu­sion of space.

Fo­cal points aren’t only for grand land­scapes with long vis­tas. They be­long equally in the pret­ti­est cot­tage gar­dens, the small­est plots or tini­est court­yard, where hav­ing some­thing beau­ti­ful to look at will in­crease rather than di­min­ish the sense of space.

Plant in large swathes of colour and be bold with com­bi­na­tions.

Value the beauty of de­cid­u­ous trees in the gar­den, tak­ing care that the ma­ture size is ap­pro­pri­ate to your space.

Plan the place­ment of fo­liage colour to cre­ate vi­gnettes.

The house over­looks one of the lakes with its wa­tery re­flec­tionsfrom stands of salix

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