What are the most important aspects of a garden or outdoor space?
In my opinion, here's what really packs a punch.
1. avenue of trees
I don't think there is anything more powerful in the great outdoors than a boulevard or pathway lined with trees on both sides. It's such a simple design, is relatively easy to implement, yet visually, an arbour avenue is immensely effective.
a boulevard of Ginkgo biloba (Maidenhair Tree) in autumn
at Cruden Farm, this lane is lined with Corymbia citiodora (Lemon Scented Gum) trees.
Elisabeth Murdoch's Cruden Farm at Langwarrin, Victoria is open to the public with a guided tour onSunday 26th March 2017 (booking required). Why not put it in your calendar?
a vibrant archway is formed over this residential street by evenly spaced plantings of Jacaranda mimosifolia (Jacaranda tree), a veritable gem in spring originating from South America
2. the specimen tree
A single tree is a Place Maker.
A specimen tree makes a strong statement in a landscape,
lending it identity, personality, scale and intimacy. A tree provides air, shelter and shade.
More about the benefits of trees another time, but for now, a tree is nature's architecture.
Acer rubrum 'October Glory' (October Glory Red Maple) in all its autumn glory
'One Tree Hill'
windows look onto an open courtyard featuring this living sculpture
simply viewing nature makes us feel better
3. the hedge
Whether clean-clipped or soft and tactile, tall or tiny, a hedge is a brilliant way to articulate a garden, to define an area and to 'order nature'. The only tricky bit is .....which species?!
rusty tones of deciduous hedge in winter the soft texture of a Miscanthus grass hedge