At First Blush: Falling in Love With Country Gardens
Country gardens have us at "hello," with their well-balanced foliage and flowers, winding paths past well-trimmed hedges and romantic nooks aplenty. Come get to know country garden style, and see if it suits you too.
- Excerpted from Garden Design
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What invokes romance more than a country garden? Little. If you have the space and time to develop one, it's a gorgeous way to go.
With roots in the 18th century, the concept of a country garden now refers to larger, heavily planted gardens. While square and rectangular shapes are always good choices for balancing country gardens' scale, they're even more useful today, as those fortunate few with abundant land may split it into a range of smaller spaces - orchards, woodlands and ponds, as well as swimming pools, tennis courts and terraces for entertaining. These geometric shapes can be broken up to great effect with the use of curved paths.
Planting tends to be more formal around the house, terrace and main lawn and becomes more naturalistic as it heads outward. Natural stone, brick or even concrete are traditional paving materials for the immediate vicinity, giving way to gravel and grass paths in the outer areas of the landscape.
Excerpted from Garden Design
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