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Using Focal Points In Your Garden Design

How To Create Focal Points To Enhance Your Garden Design

Designing a great garden means a lot of hard work, but the results can be simply spectacular.  A well laid out and well designed garden is a thing of beauty, and something of which to be justifiably proud.  If you have always wanted to transform your ordinary garden into a true showpiece, why not look into the power of focal points?
Creating focal points has long been a part of landscape design, and a dramatic element to which the eye is naturally drawn can transform virtually any garden into a stunning one.  Creating such a focal point does not need to be difficult, but it is important to plan the landscape in your mind, and perhaps even sketch out the proposed garden design, before moving the first spade full of earth. 
In fact sketching out your ideas on paper is a great way to start designing a winning landscape.  The first step may be to come up with a basic shape for the garden and the landscape, and then to draw in the various elements you plan to add – things like shrubs, bushes, flower patches and the like.  Seeing your designs on paper will give you a good pattern to work from, and make the task of bringing that design to fruition that much easier.
When planning out the garden and deciding on the proper focal point, think about where you and your guests will be entering the garden. Perhaps the focal point should be placed near the entrance to the garden landscape, or alternatively near the back, so that the visitor’s eye is naturally drawn to that point.  No matter where the focal point is placed, the goal is to create a continuous flow, without awkwardness or elements that look out of place in the overall design.
It may be helpful to include these proposed focal points on your sketch, and to begin to decide exactly what those focal points will be.  Will your long awaited stone garden statue be the focal point?  Or will it be that elegant garden arch you had your eye on?  Or perhaps a water fountain or beautiful water feature?  How about some lovely garden ornaments? Or garden mirrors? The possibilities are endless.  
After the focal points have been selected, it is important to consider the plants that will provide the coverage for the area around those focal points.  It is important to understand how those plants will fit into the overall scheme, so you will need to know how those plants spread, what their growing patterns are and how long their flowers will be in bloom.  After you have all this taken care of and sketched out, it is time to head to make it all a reality.
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