Considerations for a Garden Site

In a previous article entitled, Adding Another Vine Layer, I discussed some basic components of garden design for a garden wall. Here, I'll discuss some other considerations with regards to a garden site.

The Impact of Color and Texture

From among all expressions, maybe painting and gardening have most in common. Each is worried about structure, color and space. The purpose of each is eyes of the beholder. What's more, one serves additionally for the other - color, mass, surface, volume, form, etc. However, when one expression is held against another, the most obvious correlation is regularly the one that notes contrasts rather than similarities. Of the considerable number of contrasts that present themselves, none appears to be more noteworthy than the clear canvas with which the painter must start and the anything other than clear site that faces the gardener.

What Nature Provides

In any case, though the painter deals with a basically vacant surface, or in the event that he decides not to, the gardener takes a shot at a site that is as of now already occupied. Further, the gardener recognizes the creation of the garden to nature. What's more, nature is always the more powerful of a garden's creators. As always, nature can demolish it also. The creation of an effective garden, in this way, requires the harmony of a gardener's expectations and what the site will permit. Evidently, it is important to survey the significant restrictions that fall on the personal creativity of the gardener.

Garden Site Workarounds

The first consideration is the soil, which may be thick or loose, rich or infertile, alkaline or acidic . It is now and again easy to change the essential soil's composition. A bit of lime, for instance, can make acidic soils suitable for the development of many fringe perennials. On the other hand, thin soil can be conditioned by the application of humus or peat. In any case, often, the modification of the soil is an overwhelming work and results may not even be optimal.

For the most part, the gardener will be far more contented with what the soil allows him to plant successfully, instead of unshakably forcing on it plants that can never thrive. On hard soils like clay, for instance, he will be more successful in sustaining native roses than to wish for the thinning and quick-draining of the soil in favor of high-mountain Episcias.

The state of the land, its geology and terrain, likewise control the nature of the garden that grows on it. Big and formal gardens require a level landscape, since they rely upon the normal plane of geometry for their impact. Where the land has rolling terrain, a conventional garden can be accomplished distinctly by building terraces and leveling the land. A garden with twisting paths, with stone or wood steps all over to follow the landscape, even with apparently wild plantings, would look much better on such a site. Correspondingly, a garden cut into little slopes and valleys looks unnatural when set against the backdrop of a basically level landscape, where there are no more prominent slopes and valleys to mirror its shape.

Working with Nature

These facts demonstrate that nature, to a limited extent, can and regularly should, be constrained by the gardener. In any case, the absolute best gardens are made when nature complements as opposed to being obstructive. Regularly, that piece of a gardener's site that appears from the start a difficult endeavor turns out at least to be the very purpose of the garden. So the marshy spot over which the gardener envisions a lush lawn, or maybe a bed of roses, could be depleted and filled, with much work and cost, and maybe, in the end, limited success.

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