Show #45/1406. American Renaissance Gardens in Florida
Ideas For Our Home Garden
We next visit another room, which although simple is Laurie's favorite. It is simple enough that one can see all the ideas at work that we've seen in the other gardens. Here it's clear and basic. It starts with an introduction
with the water feature, then a lower level, a change in level, about 3 steps, there is a contrast of textures with stone, some a native stone in the hardscape and then the turf. There is a sense of enclosure both through the
architecture and the plants working together. It is then all pulled together by a focal point at the end, a statue. It not only draws ones eye but one wants to run up and see what's going on. Laurie thinks it captures in a
really simple way a lot of the elements that make the gardens at Vizcaya terrific. In a big place, it's easy to get intimidated and think this is unrealistic for me. That's not true. For example, consider all the water features
that are incorporated throughout the garden. In our own garden we could utilize something as simple as a small water feature which could be purchased for a few dollars but still provide sound. The Maze Garden is another
example. There were some plants that worked there, some that didn't. Substitutions were needed but rather than give up, keep trying new things. Focal points have been used effectively throughout this garden and they can be used
in our own gardens by utilizing statuary, plants or trees. Every garden should have focal points. The lessons learned here are examples of classic landscape design and can be applied to our own gardens. That's what we try to do
at Garden Smart, take the big picture and bring it home, make it applicable to our own gardens.
By Joan Casanova, Bonnie Plants,
Photographs courtesy of Bonnie Plants
Temperatures are rising and high heat can wreak havoc in the vegetable garden. When temps climb to the upper 80's and sometimes soar into the 90's and 100's, plants need some assistance in fending off the Fahrenheit.
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