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Personal style development
Light and shadow. Gardens sometimes lack a variety of lighting. Uniform lighting reduces the attractiveness of the garden. A garden that is completely in the sun, in the absence of any shade, has no contrast and relief, a change in picture, it experiences exhaustion and devastation. A garden that is in deep shade is depressed. Try using both light and shade in your garden. Provide a pleasant contrast and decorative lighting effect.
As flowers wilt, fade, fade, lose color, and gradually die in full sunlight, many will appear brighter and more vibrant in low shade conditions. In addition, the quality of lighting in different parts of the site affects and affects the appearance of plants in different ways.
One of the reasons for the brightness and liveliness of the color of tropical flowers is the impeccable, perfect natural form. Bright, sun-loving, light-colored flower types may look flashy elsewhere. With soft, wandering lighting, typical of northern regions, where the sun's rays are not direct, as in the south, the gardens liven up with pastel colors. Pale, dull, faint colors appear like bright diamonds in contrast to dim light.
Shade is a cool place in the garden, a refuge from the scorching sun. If you plant a row of upright trees, you can enjoy the striped shade that moves across the earth's surface in accordance with the movement of the sun across the sky.
Tall trees with a light canopy of twigs can create a delightful spotted shade that moves throughout the day.
One way to get inspiration for your garden is to go to a painting museum with works by Impressionist landscape painters. Here are the pictures of the gardens at different times of the day and in different weather conditions. Painted garden views can provide new insights into light, color, shade and partial shade.
Mass and place. The ideal design includes an attractive combination of mass of flowers and space. If there are too many flowers, the garden seems overcrowded and gloomy, especially in a horizontal place.
Large plants are heavy. They are most expressive if their color scheme is dark. These trees take up a lot of space in the garden, both physically and visually. These large plants, especially when formed, define the design style. The empty spaces between them are occupied by light flora and other interesting ornaments. If the design has enough mass of flowers, it will be interesting even with naked surroundings.
An evergreen hedge creates a dense mass, but gaps are needed to revitalize it.
Patios, planting flower beds on a flat surface, on a strip of mowed lawn or a mirror surface of a pond - all this provides the beauty of the design, as it attracts visually and physically. Here you have the opportunity to view the landscape, and it is always pleasant to relax on the bench that is skillfully integrated into the design.
View, texture and color, symmetrically arranged in a formal garden or abstract - in an informal design, essentially define the character of the garden. A small garden of impeccable design, fenced in and out of sight of the surrounding area is in itself somewhat a focal point that attracts attention. Additional brick or stone shapes can be included in its design. For contrast, a diagonal path, either straight or curved, can be created to represent a flowing stream. It all depends on your imagination.
The main source of texture is the shape of the leaves and flowers. You can create various effects by experimenting with combining textures. For example, plants with thorns or thorny leaves, such as low conifers, are combined with soft, feather-light leaves - with a golden hue of cedar or with herbaceous stachis. Try combining daylilies with belt-like leaves and large-leaved hosta, rogers, or cannes.
Large-leaved plants with a bold texture create a strong, resilient look. Small-leaved - have a more delicate appearance.
Floral shapes also represent their texture. For example, a herbaceous perennial border is decorated with excellent flower mixtures with rounded heads, tall pointed spiers, airy feathers of small flowering plants, and fine-petaled flowers. These different textures are blended into one wonderful creation.
Sources of color are in leaves and flowers. The kingdom of color is beautifully reflected in the color of the leaves. The yellow color of the leaves ranges from light gold to glowing and yellow-green hues. Every imaginable shade of green exists, from pale, almost translucent spring green to very dark forest green. Blue color - from pale to very dark and gray. There are also many shades of pink, red and purple. We all know plants that are variegated, striped, with strokes or dotted with splashes, speckled with two or more colors.
Of course, we have flowers with almost any color at our disposal. But be careful when buying from the nursery or from the flower catalog. Don't be tempted by flowers that are too frantic. For perfect compositions, choose from red and yellow flowers, blue and orange or a group of small flowers in pastel colors. They do not conflict in the finished composition.
Novice gardeners do not skip a process of trial and error. Therefore, they have to move the plants. With perseverance and persistence, a wonderful combination of shape, texture and color is created to satisfy the tastes of the owner.
Imaginary landscapes, even small ones, are expensive. With careful planning and a willingness to do it yourself, you can reduce costs. Remember - there is no need to do all the landscape work at the same time and immediately. Usually they are engaged in for a long time. Often, the intended landscape is changed, deviating from the original plan, making it more original. Accordingly, the cost of work will change at the final stage. Landscaping usually starts with pruning and shaping old trees and planting hedges. The use of heavy machinery can damage plantings and compact the soil, and therefore be costly. To reduce costs, some work can be performed independently without the involvement of specialized firms. For example,independently purchase plants and plant them. You can reduce the number of plants, and, if necessary, purchase additionally or multiply yourself.
Another way to save costs. Start by purchasing small plants, not large ones in large containers. Small perennials cost significantly less, but they adapt to local conditions after transplanting and begin to grow faster than larger ones.
Grow your own plants. Patient gardeners save money by self-propagating plants. In order to save time, some cut the base of the purchased seedlings, others are engaged in growing plants from seeds.
Many plants - delphiniums, hosts, gravilat, astilbe and others - easily multiply by division immediately after acquisition. During the year, the cuttings grow into strong, solid plants.
Choose a grass cover. It is better to choose lawns relatively inexpensive, creating them by sowing lawn grasses. After all, laying the finished turf requires a lot of time and the use of technology, and this increases costs.
Gravel and other similar materials used in paving walking paths create a pleasant crunch underfoot. However, the use of gravel can be frustrating if it is carried by wind and water into the surrounding garden. Therefore, gravel paths must be provided with retaining edges. It is advisable not to use gravel on slopes - all for the same reason - there is a danger of being washed away by rain and melt water.
In arid regions, you can save on water for planting irrigation by planting dry-loving and drought-resistant plants.
Land improvement is one of the most wonderful ways to save money when creating and maintaining your garden. You can save money by creating your own compost by collecting fallen fall leaves, weeds, household waste and other organic material. Digging this mass contributes to the acceleration of its decay. Properly prepared soil before planting is the key to success in creating a beautiful garden, adding value to your property.