Notice the shape of the lawn; it's defined by broad, graceful curves. So even though there's plenty of room for kids to play, it doesn't look like a soccer field. Serpentine sweeps of low hedges, annuals, brick edging, and scores of glorious hydrangeas reinforce these curves and funnel you to the front walk. They also tie together the garden's various elements, creating a sense of unity.
Not everyone can buy the house next door for extra gardening space. But most people can use some of the principles employed here to better design their own gardens.
This Garden's Design
- The style reflects the architecture of the home.
- Terraces make the walk seem shorter and make spaces feel more intimate and serene.
- Placing landscape elements on axis creates focal points and leads the eye.
- Curved planting beds and edging give the lawn an attractive shape.
"Keys to a Beautiful Garden" is from the May 2004 issue of Southern Living.