Sunday, June 21, 2009

Garden Design & Architecture





I hope you are all having a great weekend, friends! As the weather seems to be turning for the better, I am reminded of the garden, so full in blooms and so fragrant. I'm very thankful that peonies are in full bloom as they are my favorite flower...I feel that a peony captures my two favorites: roses and tulips. There's nothing like pretty flowers and plants...which brings me to this post, ideas offered by an avid reader...

Beyond appreciating the plants themselves, using carefully planned forms of structure throughout the garden can add a touch of architectural interest and dimension, as well. A stone floor setting for a seating area, fountains, ponds, and even separate buildings for entertainment. It's also wonderful to take inspiration from interior decor and bring it into the outdoors simply by hanging a chandelier, curtains, or even arranging some vases on a table. I also thought that an old, weathered, unusable piano would be beautiful, set under a willow tree...with perhaps roses blooming around it. *Feel free to click on the images to see them much larger.

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"The first purpose of a garden is to give happiness and repose of mind."

"Design with plants is the ultimate art of the gardener, but design of the spaces between plants is just as important."

"The ideal is a garden that fits the habits of the household and at the same time makes the most of its site; that works as outdoor living space and yet, uses the relevant recourses of nature to make it beautiful, refreshing and inspiring."

Hugh Johnson from his excellent book "The Principles of Gardening"

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If I had to select a favorite, I would say that fountains are my favorite architectural feature in the yard. Particularly ones that have almost a tub shape to them, such as in photo 05. Although, how cute are those hanging vases! Do you have a favorite?

For further inspiration, check out these links:

01 HSP Garden Buildingsthey are architectural bliss!
02 Chinoiserie Chicher post on sheds is a must-see / I purchased the recommended book and received it on Fridaycan't wait to go through it!
03 European Garden Designa masterful company that offers architectural and design services centered around the garden. Their work is absolutely amazing...


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9 comments:

  1. I love this post!
    The very first photo is amazing - I dream of a country home like this. With horses...

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  2. Sarah-Thanks for the mention of Chinoiserie Chic. I love to garden and want my garden to reflect my style. I have brought my love for Chinoiserie into the garden through architectural elements such as antique wrought iron furniture painted blue, Chinese garden stools in blue and white, and towers in wood and in wrought iron painted blue. I am finishing my garden shed with a Chinese blue door and antique bronze dragon door knocker as well.

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  3. OMg.... those are absolutely amazing :)

    It is one of my dreams to hire a landscape architect to design a perfect garden at home. I think that too many people overlook the importance of having a beautiful backyard/garden. It's like a little paradise...

    One day... as for now,I'll keep dreaming :P

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend :)

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  4. I love these beautiful pictures! So serene! I wish I could spend my time in that garden! I always find inspiration from your posts!

    Thank you so much for the sweet comment! You are such a lovely person with so much heart! :)

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  5. Peonies are my favorite flower, too. I would love to have a small pond in my backyard someday. Wonderful post.

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  6. This is breath taking...and I definitely wanna be there...Thanks for this beautiful post, much love: Evi

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  7. you continue to inspire

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  9. Great pics! The garden designs here are just fabulous, i think making garden design is a tough job as it requires lots of planning and creative mind to have beautiful and relaxation garden.

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