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Make a Successful Merger with Fusion Garden Design

Gardens that use a range of styles can easily become confused and jumbled. To maintain clarity in your own fusion garden, check out these examples of the successful merging of styles.

Excerpted from Garden Design

Two Become One

This private garden (image 1) embraces an exciting mix of modern materials to create a garden where height and structure dominate.

Designer Cooper says:
"My client on this project was great. He was forward-thinking and didn't want a conventional garden. The plot is north-facing, cool, and gloomy, so I emphasized verticals to create the feeling of escaping these restrictions. And, with its theatrical lighting and reflective surfaces, this garden really performs at night."

"I'd say the design is typical of my work. I originally trained and worked as a sculptor, and I can definitely see a three-dimensional character here. Contemporary architecture was, and is, a big influence, but there are some Japanese elements in there, too."

Key Ingredients:
Kolibri English ivy (image 2); Henonis black bamboo (image 3); Macrobotrys wisteria (image 4)

  • Paul Cooper Garden Design Mixes Modern MaterialsGarden Design ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009
  • English Mint Ivy Climbs Structures and Trails OutGarden Design ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009
  • Black Bamboo is Favorite Ornamental for GardenGarden Design ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009
  • Wisteria Vines are Stunning Bloomers in SpringGarden Design ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

Other Elements

Gray santolina (also, lavender cotten) (image 1); Lavendar (image 2); Buckland Oregon grape (image 3)

  • Lavender Cotton is Mound Forming Flowering ShrubGarden Design ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009
  • Roman Candle Lavender Adds height and FragranceGarden Design ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009
  • Buckland Valued for Architectural FormGarden Design ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

Look and Learn

This children's garden uses bold, climbable sculpture as a structural theme. Roughly divided into two spaces — one hardscaped and geometric; the other densely planted and soft - it is surrounded by a bold foliage-filled border. Sculpture

Designer West says:
"Designed as a teaching space, the hub of this garden was the open area ringed by Johnny's sculpted benches."

"The sculpture in the garden was non-specific, so that children could interpret the work freely. The planting was selected for damp or bog conditions — this allowed bold foliage to dominate and work with the garden's scale."

"When it was created, this garden was typical of my work with Johnny, but my style has changed since. I trained with John Brookes, and he has been a big influence. I also take inspiration from the natural world, such as moorland."

Sculpture Designed for Kids to Interpret FreelyGarden Design ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

Key Ingredients

Angelica (image 1); White willow (image 2); Globeflower (image 3); Snowy woodrush (image 4); Scarlet avens (image 5)

  • Garden Angelica Valued One Time as Healing PlantGarden Design ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009
  • Ornamental Pollard Willows Trained to Remain SmallGarden Design ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009
  • Globeflowers Provide Bright Color in Cool WeatherGarden Design ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009
  • Snowy Woodrush has White Flowers That Can be DriedGarden Design ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009
  • Geum Avens Makes Good Filler for Flower BorderGarden Design ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

Excerpted from Garden Design

©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

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