The entrance to your home affords the visitor the first impression of your home and garden.
Use of Special Plants for Accent and Impact.
Due to their unique qualities of form and colour, certain plants are so conspicuously dramatic that they are best used singly. These plants originally developed in environments where extreme climates forced them to assume unusual shapes or colours in order to survive.
The advantage of dramatic plants is that they can be used sparingly and yet still has a definite impact.
Plants of unusual shape, colour or texture can best be highlighted if surrounding plants are kept to a minimum. This makes them very useful for low maintenance gardens.
A grouping of palms will create an air of lush tropicality. Mass planting of ferns under a large tree will create a light cool look.
Conifers in various shapes and colours are perfect for planting along driveways. Use at regular intervals to give uniformity. Under planting can consist of small shrubs with ground cover or colourful seedlings to create interest and colour.
Decorative Accents in the Garden.
These consist of arrangements of ornaments which catch the eye by means of contrast. The possibilities are endless, a sculpture, an urn, a metal bird, wall plaque, an unusual pot, hanging baskets, patterned paving, wind chimes, a bird bath, a sundial or simply two matching attractive posts in terracotta or glazed ceramic, placed either side of the front door with matching plant material. Objects that are carefully selected and placed can become the focal point of an entire garden layout.
If they blend with the house in colour and material, they can provide a unifying link between the house and the rest of the garden. Single ornaments are often the most striking. Strong elementary shapes in iron, steel, concrete or terracotta can make beautiful accents, especially when set among plants of contrasting colour or shape. Use waves of pebbles to neaten up edges and create a break in areas of green foliage.
Trees for Containers
Because of their size and tidy rooting habits, some trees can be grown successfully in containers on terraces or in courtyards.
Pots do need to be matched to plants, it is important to choose a pot of shape and proportion that will make it seem subordinate to the plant.
The material of which a pot is made has a bearing on the amount of watering needed by the plant growing in it. This is because some materials are more porous than others and so are more susceptible to drying out. Terracotta pots need more water than pots made of non porous materials.
Wooden tubs are attractive for shrubs and small trees. Pots may be arranged in random groups or in formal rows. In random arrangements the shapes of the pots at the back will barely matter, as these pots will be obscured by those in front and by the plants. Using pot plants in this way enables one to have a low maintenance garden on the smallest terrace or balcony.
When pots are arranged formally, lining the edge of a path or a terrace for example, the strongest effect will be obtained by having identical pots, all planted with the same kind of plants and evenly spaced.