Creating a garden focal point
Follow these expert tips to create interest in your garden
*—Kent Ford, Kent Ford Design, Toronto* **Use a splash of colour**—a brightly painted object, a flamboyant garden flag or an urn of vivid flowers—to create a compelling eye-catcher.
*—Linda van Vulpen, Van Vulpen Design, Halifax*
*—Martin Wade, Martin Wade Landscape Architects, Toronto* **Relate the placement of a focal point to an axis** off the house, walkway or patio.
*—James Dale, Earth Inc. Designed Landscapes, Toronto* **Consider where you will have a good view of a focal point.** For example, down a path; from a window of the house; leading out from an entrance; through a gate or opening in a hedge; or along the main axis of the garden.
*—Stuart Webster, Stuart Webster Design, Montreal* **3. Sharpen the Focus** Flank a path with tall plants like bamboo, ornamental grasses or small trees to **create an allée** that will channel attention to the focal point.
*—Linda van Vulpen, Van Vulpen Design, Halifax* **Light your focal point** so the effect is experienced at night as well.
*—Stuart Webster, Stuart Webster Design, Montreal* **Use paving material with linear patterns** to direct the eye to the focal point. Place a sculpture at eye level so it is quick to grab attention.
*—Joel Loblaw, Earth Inc. Designed Landscapes, Toronto* **Set your focal point against a solid background** such as dense evergreens to make it stand out.
*—Kent Ford, Kent Ford Design Group, Toronto* **Frame your focal point** with lawn, gravel or hedging. Stick with simple lines for the frame like a rectangle, square, circle or oval; too many curves or lines can be distracting.
*—Marius de Bruyn, Aesthetics+Design, Oakville, ON* Have gardening tips to share? Send us Your Ideas and the best tips will be included in a future issue of Gardening Life.