April 16th, 2005
Focal Points in Your Garden
When designing a garden, focal points are an important concept. A focal point is a feature that draws the eye. This can be anything from a tall tree to a colorful grouping of plants, to a strategically placed statue. Having a focal point (or several) in your landscape or garden gives the whole area a more orderly look.
You can create an eye-catcher by something as simple as planting a tall, colorful plant in the midst of smaller plants in a flower bed. If you already have a naturally imposing feature, such as a large tree, consider placing colorful perennials around it.
Another way to draw the eye is to use bold contrasts. A grouping of bright red or white flowers in the midst of an expanse of green lawn will draw attention. Even a bright color amidst pastels will work.
One of the most popular methods is to use statues and other garden decor, such as birdbaths or bird feeders. These are a great way to create a focal point, used as a centerpiece of a design.
A driveway or path with brightly colored borders is another popular way to draw attention. Both solid colors and mixed colors can work well here.
If you are lucky enough to have a naturally good view, use it as a backdrop for a grouping. If you have the sort of yard that lends itself to paths, consider a flower-covered arch trellis as an entry way. Come in and look around; you’ll find plenty of good ideas!