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Asymmetry in garden design


Designing contemporary gardens I often use asymmetrical compositions to create a dynamic that leads the eye across the space. By avoiding static arrangements I can stretch the garden further as it appears to the eye. When a simple planting bed is laid across the garden I tend to triangulate the plants culminating in a focal point specimen on the left or right to draw the eye. Within a standalone piece such as a water feature I often offset the spout to one side so a contrast between volumes is created. Surfaces and steps offer a great opportunity to divide a space asymmetrically into compartments, lead to another part of the garden and add stimulating detail. Asymmetry is one of the fundamental elements in nature and should be translated into any man-made garden. Asymmetry is of course essential in small urban gardens in order to maximise the apparent space.

1. Surfaces 2. Water feature 3. Courtyard 4. Angles 5. Steps 6. Detail 7. Water feature

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  1. Surfaces


  2. Water feature

Water feature

  3. Courtyard


  4. Angles


  5. Steps


  6. Detail


  7. Water feature

Water feature

amir   Written and posted by Amir Schlezinger.

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