Landscapes, especially larger ones, benefit from the creation of “garden rooms” to break up the space. Peek-a-boo views are also a fantastic way to spotlight treasured plants or areas.
Both the Kimbrough and Laue Gardens use a framing technique to produce a “window” onto a special plant or area in the garden.
At the Porter Garden, “rooms” were created with whimsical seating areas and fencing. A vibrant sweet pea wall separates a seating area and a dog run. In another spot, planter boxes with a built-in bench offer a peek-a-boo view of the vegetable garden.
A mature climbing Hydrangea frames a small patio seating area and provides welcome shade in the summer.
FOLLOW THE PATH
A well-defined garden path leads the eye as well as the body. Both straight lines with clean angles and sinuous curves can be effective, depending on the style of the garden. Many of the gardens on the tour used elaborate hardscaping to create a specific look.