? How to make space seem bigger
? — how to plant trees without losing the feeling of space,
? — what architectural elements to choose and how to place them so as not to interfere with movement in the garden.
HOW TO VISUALLY INCREASE THE TERRITORY
Secret one: the beginning of the bypass of a small garden always starts from its corner, and then the path can lead along its perimeter, diagonally, spirally or snake. This is the only way to hide the true size of the site.
Let it be winding paths, low (up to 50 cm) hedges, strongly elongated architectural elements: benches, terraces, retaining walls, high (raised) beds or flower beds.
Secret three: so that the fence does not emphasize the small width of the site, it is partially covered with climbing plants on trellises, colonnades of arborvitae, junipers, yews, decorative overlays and flower beds along some sections.
All these elements are arranged asymmetrically so that the borders turn out to be «irregular» and voluminous.
Designer tip: an excellent technique to expand the territory of the garden is to make platforms with a low level, so to speak, «minus the first level.»
Being in such lounge areas, where it is always calm, an illusion of boundlessness of space is created: the sky is above, and at eye level the lowest tier of the garden, above which rise «giant» trees, shrubs, flower beds (a garden from the point of view of an ant 🙂
Advice: asymmetry is more suitable for a small space in the design. For example, on the left along the fence, elements of medium height, on the right, opposite them are low, and a little further, again on the right, are high. Such sharp drops will create the illusion of space.
The same applies to plants along the path: mirroring in their arrangement should be avoided.
As for the selection of plants, the set for a small garden is limited to several species that bloom in different periods.
Even better — give preference to green flower beds from evergreens and ornamental grasses.
The small landscape is all in sight, so at any time it should look «one hundred percent».
TREES FOR A SMALL GARDEN
Trees create a cool shadow, one problem — they absorb space. To prevent this from happening, the following rules are observed in a small garden.
1. On the territory less than 200 m2 do not plant large trees. A large crown looks too disproportionate, especially if the area is narrow.
2. If the garden area is slightly larger, you can plant one large tree with a spreading crown and group architectural elements near it. Most often this is a terrace, patio or picnic area.
3. Sredneroslye and stunted trees are planted in accordance with the shape of the crown.
Pyramidal and candle-like trees are best placed linearly and along the fence. But you should not do it around the entire perimeter, by doing this you will only emphasize the size of the territory. A straight line or an L-shaped shape looks beautiful to the right or left of the entrance to the garden. And on the opposite side you can plant shrubs.
If it is possible to engage in the formation of a crown, then the ideal option for a small garden is spherical or cone-shaped on a high (higher than human height) “leg”. A straight trunk without branches does not “eat up” space, but under the trees there will always be a pleasant coolness. It is preferable that the trees are deciduous, then in winter the garden will be well lit.
Shrubs, as already mentioned, are preferably planted along the fence. If this is a hedge, then its height should be such that it only conditionally separates one zone from another, but the area behind it should be visible from anywhere in the garden.
MAFs IN A SMALL TERRITORY
Small architectural forms include benches and tables, garden swings, gazebos, garden sculptures, flowerpots (flower containers), small fonts.
If this is a picnic area, then there should be a garden barbecue (grill, barbecue) and a table with benches.
Less space is occupied by an open hearth.
The recreation area can be completed so that there is enough space for benches, flowerpots, a fire pit and even a small waterfall.
You can limit yourself to wide benches, a fireplace (possibly a swing) and a small font if the purpose of your garden is relaxation.
If you decide to place a spacious gazebo in a small garden, then it is better if it is a canopy with a podium: both a roof over your head and no walls that limit the view.
Vases and containers are a great component to expand the space. The main thing is that they are large enough and of different heights.
In general, all elements of small architecture in a small area should be arranged according to the principle of increasing height. The further, the higher. This technique is called grading and is designed to create a perspective instead of a flat landscape.
Zoning of the territory is sometimes done with the help of architectural elements. So, for example, the use of allegedly unfinished or dilapidated walls solves three problems of any garden: separation, wind protection and decoration. At the same time, window openings make the walls visually visible.
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