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    The Power of Pictures

    SPR ED Feb/Mar 2019 Regulars
    David Beaulieu

    Landscaping pictures are worth a thousand words. Sometimes you can get ideas for backyard and front-yard landscaping design by looking at images of other people's DIY projects or by simply strolling through a neighborhood with nicely maintained yards. And, of course, nature itself is abound with inspiring views. For example, this wildflower meadow demonstrates how wildflowers are useful for filling extensive areas of a yard. The old tree in the background adds to the "country" feel of the scene. At home, you could take the theme even further by adding pieces of old farming or gardening equipment among your plantings.

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    Lupine Flowers for Wild Beauty

    Image of lupines
    David Beaulieu

    If you want to cover a large area but don't want a lot of maintenance and watering, consider wildflowers, such as native lupine flowers. After all, wildflowers couldn't survive in the wild if they relied on someone to water them just right, or to fertilize them on schedule!

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    Landscape Edging Creates a Focal Point

    Image of chairs serving as focal point on big lawn.
    David Beaulieu

    Here, a landscape island is established with landscape edging. The edging sets off one area of the lawn from the rest. After plants and a lawn ornament are added, the result in the landscape design is a focal point.

    Remember to show some restraint in the number of focal points you create. Having too many focal points defeats the purpose: Rather than focusing the eye on a landscaping highlight, they confuse the viewer. Also, each additional focal point within sight dilutes the impact of the others.

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    Solution for a Side Yard

    Image: This arbor provides a transition in a vast side yard, defining for the viewer where the front yard ends and the back begins.
    David Beaulieu

    Side yards can be particularly tricky areas for landscaping. In this example, the grass area is quite extensive, and the expanse of lawn needs to be broken up. To break it up visually and invite the viewer to the backyard, the fencing and garden arbor serve as a transition. The arbor frames the view to the backyard as if beckoning the viewer to enter and see what's out back.

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    Fences and Shrubs Along Roads

    Example of border landscaping, showing picture of a post and rail fence.
    Post and Rail Fence, Forsythia Shrubs Example of landscaping a border with a fence and shrubs. David Beaulieu

    A fence serves as a border and can have strong visual impact. In this landscape area along a road, the eye is unconsciously led down the length of the attractive post-and-rail fence, accentuating this impressive span of road frontage. Its length is accentuated while, at the same time, the fence and the shrub planting fill up the space, giving the eye a rest from what otherwise would be an open expanse of lawn.

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    Planting With Fences

    lattice fence with planting.
    David Beaulieu

    Fences don't have to create a hard line. Here, the plants spill over from the back of the fence to the front, softening the look of the fence and giving the landscape border a more natural feel. The lawn behind is nicely punctuated with a couple of focal points that lend visual interest without cluttering the lawn.

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    White Picket Fences

    White picket fence with yellow tulips planted in back.
    Nick Li / EyeEm/Getty Images

    A white picket fence is a landscaping classic, but it doesn't have to be a standard straight style. This fence undulates, rather than running evenly across the top, and helps to soften the hard lines of the clapboard house in the background.

    Despite the fact that this landscape is an urban area, it exudes a charm evocative of a country cottage. The white picket fence is partly responsible, but so are the black-eyed susans peeking out through the pickets. Another idea would be hollyhocks, which are often used to grace white picket fences in the cottage garden style.

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    Wood Picket Fence on a Wall

    Picture of a picket fence on a wall. The picket fence is capped with finials.
    Fence on a Wall Picture of a picket fence on a wall. David Beaulieu

    These homeowners have improved upon their lovely natural setting by combining the rugged beauty of a stone wall with the elegance of a wood picket fence, complete with nicely detailed finials. Wood and stone complement a country setting so well that sometimes it's hard to choose between them when selecting materials. Here the landscape design obviated this difficult choice simply by using both.

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    Using Line in Landscape Design

    Example of the use of line to control eye movement. This picture of line shows a wall.
    David Beaulieu

    The line is an essential concept in landscape design because nothing controls eye movement more readily than a straight line. In this landscape, the eye is directed along the line of the wall and straight driveway to an ocean vista. Such a view is well worth framing.

    The objective of utilizing line is to direct eye movement, unconsciously, in a manner that is most conducive to appreciating the landscape in question. The masonry wall is not only attractive in its own right; it also channels eye movement right down to the sparkling waters dotted with sailboats.

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    Stone Wall Borders

    Picture of a stone wall. They're fixtures in New England, site for my picture of a stone wall.
    David Beaulieu

    Stone walls can range from massive barriers to modest landscape edges. This low stone wall serves primarily as a border for a planting. But the influence is not all one way. As much as the flowers benefit from the hardscape, the latter benefits from the planting, which softens what would otherwise be a harsh edge.

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    Ornamental Grasses in Roadside Plantings

    Example of a solution for a problem area in a yard, using ornamental grass and mulch.
    What to Do in Problem Areas Example of a solution for a problem area in a yard. David Beaulieu

    Ornamental grasses can be effective at filling in that odd area on the landscape that you're not sure what to do with. This roadside nook is greatly improved with ornamental grass, along with other plants, and a liberal dose of mulch. The unusual color of the blue fescue grass is striking enough to allow this landscape design to remain rather minimalistic. Many ornamental grasses are also a low-maintenance alternative, not requiring the deadheading that flowers do.

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    Using Mulch on Hillsides

    Example of how to control hillside erosion. Ornamental grass can control hillside erosion.
    Controlling Hillside Erosion Example of how to control hillside erosion. David Beaulieu

    This little nook is on a hillside, just off the street. A common challenge in such spots is controlling hillside erosion. Mulching helps to do this. Not only that, but mulching will keep weeds in check, making for low-maintenance landscaping. As if these benefits weren't enough, mulching around the ornamental grasses will help the soil beneath remain cool, meaning you'll have to water less. And when you do water, the mulch will aid the soil in retaining that water longer.

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    Wooden Wishing Wells

    Landscaping pics: wishing well in scale with its yard.
    David Beaulieu

    A wooden wishing makes a great lawn accent. This charming well is in scale with the surrounding yard area so it serves effectively as a focal point. Not even the tall trees around it can take away from its prominence. The vines growing up the well only enhance its appearance.

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    Landscape Bridges and Water Features

    Palladian Bridge
    Imagno/Getty Images

    Landscape bridges are garden accents that are indispensable for designs with garden ponds, but they can also work in yards that have only a trickle of water, or they can be purely decorative. If you don't have a natural water feature on your property, consider building a small garden pond.

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    Rose Arbors and Trellises

    benches and arbor
    Jerry Pavia/Getty Images

    The structure of this rose arbor is attractive in itself and, in addition, it acts as a trellis for the roses. Climbing plants such as roses need the support provided by trellises or other structures in order to be displayed properly. If roses are planted against a building, the support may not be a freestanding rose arbor but rather a two-dimensional trellis, or perhaps even just latticework.