Plant and Shrub Positioning in the Garden
Shrubs can be a wonderful accessory for your garden, but they are often overlooked for planting because they are not as fancy or decorative as flowers or trees. Shrubs come in so many types and varieties, that when used in a garden, they become a beautiful addition. These are also a perfect option if you are trying to create a natural garden.
Shrubs occur all throughout nature, scattered here and there. They appear in borders of woodlands, and this is a great way to use them in your garden setting. Adding an arrangement of shrubbery will give your setting a positive look, while helping to mask unpleasant aspects of your setting. These can do this with minimal effort. You are able to use shrubs in abundance as well because they do not take up much space. They are short, so they will not obscure visibility. They can also go in many different locations, perfect for places trees do not fit.
Shrubs can help make a building on the landscape seem like more of a part of the setting as well. Shrubby can effectively help to diminish the hard and straight lines that rise from the lawn, creating a distinction between artificial and natural. They will blur the line, creating natural curves. This is done through planting shrubs, irregularly, next to walls and grouped into retreating angles. Using the climbers will also help bring a building into a more natural setting. These will cling to the walls, wrap around railings and porches, becoming a part of the building. When placing shrubs and climbers together, it can create an artistic touch, bringing a unity and harmony to your garden and home.
Any prominent lines should be curved if possible. Lines should not be straight if at all possible; this is a rule that should never be stated too many times. If this rule is disregarded it can cause complete disaster to your garden setting, public parks, or even house grounds. Remember, that laying curves can be overdone though. Curves should be used when naturally occurring, just making curves to make curves is not a good idea. If straight lines have to be used, as they do at times, the gardener will have to be content.
The gardener usually feels this need to add artificial elements to their garden setting. These features seem to always be added in prominent places, and are totally unnecessary. For example, adding a trellis to your setting, where there is no honeysuckle growing on it is a totally pointless. The more natural a garden setting is, the better it will look.
Conventional rockery is a commonly found mistake. Rockeries should only be used if there is the proper space to do so, and if the style will blend into the setting, meaning that it looks like it naturally should be there. Otherwise, rockeries should be avoided.
A small flat yard is not conducive to a rockery. The proper surroundings are often difficult to achieve. Simply dumping a pile of stones onto the property makes it obvious that this is not a natural part of the setting.