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.
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."
Kolibri English ivy (image 2); Henonis black bamboo (image 3); Macrobotrys wisteria (image 4)
Gray santolina (also, lavender cotten) (image 1); Lavendar (image 2); Buckland Oregon grape (image 3)
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."
Angelica (image 1); White willow (image 2); Globeflower (image 3); Snowy woodrush (image 4); Scarlet avens (image 5)
Excerpted from Garden Design
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