Lush Life: Using Organic Shapes in Large Gardens

Characterized by flowing lines, soft curves and relaxed designs, organic layouts blur the original layout of larger gardens to pleasant effect.

Excerpted from Garden Design
Sweeping Curves Draw Eye Around Garden Design DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Interlocking Circles

Separating two generously curved areas of the garden with a pinch-point offers both open and enclosed areas, draws the eye around the garden and makes a space appear larger. Create a backdrop for lower plants at the front of planting beds by allowing some shrubs and trees to grow to their natural size. Use the narrow space between the circular forms to bring color and interest into the center of the design.

Serpentine Path Leads to Play Area for Kids DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Fluid Lines

An S-shaped design is a simple way to give the illusion of movement and space, and to direct the eye through the garden. The spaces at either end are ideal for planting, a seating area or an ornamental feature, such as a pool. If these two areas are different in size, they may provide balanced contrast by being tightly coiled at one end and more relaxed at the other.

Don't be afraid to include whimsy in your design, for example with robust planting, durable sculpture and a little tunnel ideal for a game of hide-and-seek.

Dynamic Raised Bed Adds Color to Circular Terrace DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Sweeping Curves

Curved lines may be placed to avoid obstacles, such as a tree, pond or building, or to lead to a particular destination. Fluid lines found in the natural world lend an calm, relaxing character to shapes and forms.

Curving around a bench, this dynamic raised bed adds color and momentum to a paved circular terrace.

Curved Decking Complements Surrounding Foliage DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Curved Decking

The mellow lines of the deck and lawn complement the subtle shades of the surrounding foliage.

C Shaped Path Separates Water From Soft Plantings DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Continuous Journey

This C-shaped gravel path guides the visitor between still water and soft planting. The view around the curve is partly obscured, which adds a sense of mystery.

Excerpted from Garden Design

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