A geometric Garden can be a stunning design for your backyard! In ancient time geometry and symmetry were symbols of wisdom, being used to understand the stars as well as the earthly elements. In fact, it was geometry that allowed for feats like navigation! Geometry applies to the use of angles and lines to create patterns, in the garden, this create exciting style and well-defined designs. Although it is an ancient practice, when used today, it can be a modern work of art.
Geometry is a tool that allows landscapers to measure out the space available to create a good design. When creating a garden based upon symmetry, using geometry is imperative. These shapes can occur naturally, but are usually not symmetrical. By manipulating the landscape, and creating symmetry with geometrical shapes, the result is a stunning setting that created balance and harmony.
The first step to turning your backyard into this symmetrically decorated wonderland is to look at the landscape itself. Are there hills, is it flat, are there wetlands, and is it overgrown or barren? The idea is to work with what you have, so you are not in opposition with nature. You do not need to revamp your entire setting, instead work with what you have, making slight modifications to create symmetry.If your landscape is a long rectangle, line it with tall stately trees instead of using short shrubbery. This creates symmetry and proportion for your setting. For a sloping landscape, it is beneficial to create a series of terraced flower beds, as this will highlight the slope while adding symmetry. The principles of symmetry create a well balanced garden setting that is aesthetically pleasing and completely enjoyable.
Geometry is often misconstrued, in the garden setting, as right angles and straight lines. This is not the case, it is better to choose shapes that add harmony, creating a blended and proportional look. Often highly symmetrical gardens are found in strictly formal settings, but these principles can be applied to areas of highly active growth. For areas like these, learn to tame the growth, creating balance. You can incorporate features like pergolas or arches to help with these tasks. By creating a border around areas of wild growth, out of brick or stone, you are can add symmetry while still allowing the plants to grow full and abundant.
Once you have learned your landscape, you can begin to map out your design. Sometimes symmetry is not possible during the design phase. If there are naturally occurring focal points, like a pond for example, these will have to be considered as well. Make the landscape design around these features, being careful to make the shapes proportional to these features. For example, a pond can be flanked by circular flower beds.
Make sure you are always away of your proportions. This is a key element of creating a symmetrical garden setting. Thinking in terms of grids and lines, can help you to see the shapes you want to create and how they will fit into the setting. By considering shape, you can apply the ancient art of symmetry to your garden landscape, while creating a modern and stylish setting!
By: Susan Soler of the Garden-Fountains.com Team