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The geo­met­ric for­mal­ity of an oc­tag­o­nal bird bath, sur­rounded by clipped hedg­ing, is soft­ened by in­fill blocks of se­dum and san­tolina; for an im­pres­sive trick of the eye, use mir­rors to ex­tend the sense of space and bring a glim­mer of light into a shady cor­ner – hunt out pretty Gothic styles and then paint and dis­tress them; a sun­dial in the cen­tre of a planted area makes an eye-catch­ing and prac­ti­cal fea­ture – place one in an ac­ces­si­ble spot where it will re­ceive sun all day; an ox­i­dised, cir­cu­lar sculp­ture acts as a win­dow to draw the eye through and also echoes the clipped buxus spheres; plac­ing a piece, such as this seated fig­ure, among the rushes at the edge of a nat­u­ral pond lends a sense of de­light in dis­cov­er­ing the hid­den sur­prise; this clas­si­cal fig­ure stands out against a foil of massed asters, sil­very plec­tran­thus, and au­tum­nal, rus­set­coloured berberis

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