Showing posts with label Conrast. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Conrast. Show all posts

Monday, January 27, 2014

Every Garden Needs the Tall Cone Shape

Every garden needs a tall cone shape to draw eyes to the sky.


Can't remember which symposium lecturer said this but knew immediately it was true.  And, more, how do you know WHERE to put this tall cone shape?


For years I asked other garden designers how they knew where to put this piece of magic.
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None could put it into words.
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Ironically, I do know where to put tall cone shapes now.
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Yet have no words to describe the process.
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Intuitive.
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
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Pics at jobsite this month.  Italian cypress framing the Long Barn and pastures.
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Monday, December 30, 2013

Garden Design Lesson: In a Single Pic

Come this way, enter, welcome.


Miraculously, from the opposite direction the columns say the same thing.
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No matter the size or budget of a garden, there are no exits.  Only entries.  And, the more entries a garden has the better the garden.  With one of the most potent garden design tools in your quiver, contrasting formal-informal.   Ceiling-walls-floors are also beautifully done, above, with great drama at the enfilade.
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No, this is not a simple entry.
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Garden & Be Well,    XO Tara
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Of course I want the dimensions of how far apart the columns are,  heights, etc....
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Pic I Love Your Style.
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If you want a beautiful garden & home filling you with joy, and causes you to tap the brake pedal, as you look in the rear view mirror heading out, become my client, local or on-line.
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Award winning speaker, hire me to speak to your group, local or out-of-state.
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Monday, December 23, 2013

Team Elements to Touchdown

Urn on plinth.


If Garden Design were parsed like football stats, urn/plinth stats are touchdowns.
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I adore the team  formations for every touchdown urn/plinth.  Above, backdrop hedge, lollipop standard sentinels, lawn line defense at a 90% run, contrasted textures/colors, zone coverage for heights, even the fake out play drawing eyes to the sky.
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This urn is a Heisman Trophy.  Once & done.  No maintenance, planting, watering......beautiful 24/7 for decades.
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Mostly, the touchdown urn/plinth is partially executed.  The teamwork backing urn/plinth isn't played.
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In metaphor, urn/plinth stories can be told thru: music, ballet, the bible, race car driving.....they're all teamwork.
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Garden & Be Well,   XO Tara
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Pic Faux Fuchsia.
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If you want a beautiful garden & home filling you with joy, and causes you to tap the brake pedal, as you look in the rear view mirror heading out, become my client, local or on-line.
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Award winning speaker, hire me to speak to your group, local or out-of-state.
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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Features to Copy from this Room into the Garden

In the garden you know exactly what type of arbor is required, below.  Arched, 3' deep, iron, creating an enfilade punctuated with an urn on plinth matching the one below.



Repetition, is one of your strongest design tools in the garden.  Maximized with interior repetition.
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Color & pattern, very easy to copy from this room into the garden.
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I never tire of a client saying, "I love that."  Exactly, I copied it from their interior.    Yes, it's that simple.
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Garden  & Be Well, XO Tara
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Pic via Cote de Texas.    Why an iron arbor to match?  Contrast.  Yet, if the client wanted heavy cottage style I might do the wood.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Charles Faudree: Creating Relationship with Opposites

"Establishing a relationship between unlike objects adds to the interest of a tablescape.
An antique French figurine is a three-dimensional companion to the painted figures
on the English foot tub."  Charles Faudree


Contrast.  The Arts cross-pollinate.
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Garden & Be Well,   XO Tara
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Pic from Details, by Charles Faudree & Francesanne Tucker.
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For inspiration in the garden I have been going to interior design writers for decades.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

In the Background

The armillary sundial is potent with its curves.  Have used it in many gardens thru the years.


This rarely happens, above.  The backdrop is gorgeous.  And not a bit of it is theirs.
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Garden & Be Well,       XO Tara
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Pic same garden as yesterday's post.  Backdrop?  Mostly it's neighbor's driveways, air-conditioners......

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Contrast


Contrast shapes.

Shrubs, trees & flowers.
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Garden & Be Well,    XO Tara
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Pic My French Country Home.  What is better than contrasting foxgloves with mophead hydrangeas?  Several Italian cypress are going in a garden today.  The gravel courtyard is round and the nearby crape myrtles arc in silhouette.
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Hosta, fern & hellebore are my shade trinity and contrast to extreme.  Tara's Trinity of the Southern Garden: Azalea, Camellia, Hydrangea.  Contrast AND keeps something in bloom every day of the year in your garden.