Garden Design: Increasing Proportions

Too-tiny features in a big backyard (and vice versa) can make for awkward garden design. HGTV shows you how to strike just the right balance in this garden makeover.
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Photo by: DK - Design Your Garden © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Design Your Garden, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Focal points are an important part of a successful garden design. They direct the eye and add instant drama, but to do so they have to be of the right size to make a statement. 

In this garden, the focal point is a terracotta urn set in front of a beautifully clipped hedge, but because it’s so tiny in relation to the space, it leaves you with a feeling of anticlimax. 

The owners of this garden obviously like formality, and the space would benefit from something over-the-top, and maybe a bit humorous. 

Sketch Showcases Eastern Inspired Garden Plan

Sketch Showcases Eastern Inspired Garden Plan

Photo by: DK - Design Your Garden © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Design Your Garden, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Here's how this yard could achieve a better sense of proportion:

  • The addition of an Indian-style temple and seat are fun, yet formal notes to hit, and hint at exotic Eastern architecture.
  • A rectangular pool stretches out in front of the temple, reflecting its elegant shape and form. The pool also creates a great sense of perspective as the eye travels along it to the temple at the end.
  • Italian cypresses are used to add height and frame the temple, giving it extra prominence.
  • Two spheres clipped into the hedge frame the scene. Features are balanced and in proportion to the size and scale of the yard.
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