Artifical and Natural Landscape Designs
The typical garden style that is preferred is the natural style. Adding little artificial aspects, like a trellis for example, can add major confusion to the style of the garden. This is not a natural setting, so it can, in no way, look good.
If climbers are the plants you are after, then consider planting then around a porch a wall or an old tree trunk. They will growl and climb freely over these features. This creates a much more natural appearance for these plants. These lend softness to a setting, rather than adding an artificial setting, that has such a forceful look.
Summer houses, which should be charming and natural, often become full of artificiality that they are truly ugly. This is not to say that summer houses with features like rustic arbors and garden seats are not all bad. These points do cause the naturalness to be lost. When adding these features, it is very important to make sure careful treatments and good taste is used, to allow the composition to be as natural as possible.
There are ways to implement artificial aspects into your garden without removing the natural element. For example, if you want to bring a water feature into your setting, but fear the loss of naturalness, then consider adding wall fountain. A wall fountain will be less conspicuous, as well as adding a soothing and lovely setting. Fences come in varying levels of badness. Fences are bad when trying to create a natural setting; they are like a gigantic roadblock of a natural garden setting. Therefore, there really is no good fence for a natural setting.
If a fence is a complete must, then it is best to keep them to a hedge of privet roses, spiraeas, arbor, and other plants that are good for this purpose. These types of fences are at least bearable, and amy actually look quite nice. A hedge is something that can be continuous and irregular at the same time. It can bend at one point while broadening in another area. The hedge can run into a grouping a of trees as well, and this creates a more natural appearance while adding the needed fence.
Picket and board fences are often used in suburban homes. There are also iron work fences that are so highly admired. All of these features lose naturalness. Fences do serve an important purpose. They give the owner privacy and seclusion. The idea of privacy is something that has a lot to be desired, but when adding fences like these all naturalness will be lost, so it is better to use other means.
Placement of fences has been tried in many different ways, from sinking the fence into deep ditches or banks that were given special treatment to conceal the fence. This is possible but is impractical, it requires a lot of effort and work, to create an effect that is not that pleasing. A white picket fence is not natural. The color white is not natural in nature. These types of fences create a glaring artificiality. For a natural setting, any white paint or white wash should be avoided. This color does have its place, just not in this type of setting!
When it comes to training plants, there are many unnatural methods. These methods are often intermixed with purely natural objects. This actually harms the appearance of both. Using a natural plant like an arbor or juniper, and trimming it to a cone or globe, completely defeats the naturalness of the plant. The idea of taking a natural plant, and trimming it and shaping it into a design, is the exact opposite of the plants natural intention. This will cause the entire setting to lack unity and harmony.