We use cookies on this website. To use the website as intended please accept cookies.

Wednesday July 17 , 2019

Blue Daisy Blog

Blue Daisy blog written by Nicki Jackson & Jules Clark - for news, views, garden design, gardening and plant observations and thoughts.

Subscribe to this list via RSS Blog posts tagged in garden focal points

Garden Design Quick Tip - Focal Points - Lines and Frames

Posted by on in Garden Design

focal point - leading lines

Focal points are brilliant tools for bringing your garden ‘into focus’ – focal points add context to a garden.  By giving a viewer something distinct to look at, it somehow manages to bring the setting around it – the wider garden – into focus too.  

Focal points work best when there is a clear line of sight to them; by clearing the way of any other distractions the viewer’s eye is inexorably drawn to the focal point at ‘the end of the line’.  The focal point can be anything – an urn, a bench, a plant, a sculpture, etc but it needs to be distinct enough from its surroundings to hold the attention of the viewer for a while once their gaze reaches it.  It’s that ‘pause’ of attention that then allows the focal point’s surroundings to then be thrown into focus too.

Continue reading
Hits: 2929 0 Comments
0

Garden Design Quick Tip: Focal Points

Posted by on in Garden Design

focalpointThe purpose of a focal point in the garden is to ‘bring the garden into focus’ - and while it might sound pretentious what it’s really about is leading or directing the garden viewer’s eye to a particular point or points in a garden.

It’s almost like a signpost that tells a viewer where to look and give their attention and in looking at the focal point, the setting around it - the rest of the garden - suddenly seems to come into focus too. 

It’s a typical designer’s trick but we all tend to do it inside our homes without thinking – the fireplace, the coffee table with a striking ornament or flower arrangement, the large screen TV on the wall – all of these things are focal points, but they give balance and context to the rest of the room they’re in. The same principle applies to the outdoor space too.  

The means of creating focal points in the garden are limitless – you can create them with sculptures, plant pots, colour, planting, structures, water, doorways, shapes, collections of things – the list does go on and on. There were some lovely examples at Chelsea Flower Show 2013.

The trick to using focal points though is to limit them; you only want 1 per ‘viewing area’ or section of a garden otherwise they will compete with each other and the viewer’s focus of the garden will be lost.

Hits: 2994 0 Comments
0

Chelsea Flower Show 2013

Posted by on in Garden Design

In case you’ve missed mention of it The RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been on this week and I’ve been gutted that I haven’t had the opportunity to go down and check it out for myself this year.  While it’s for a good reason - I’ve been so busy doing designs for Blue Daisy's own clients - not being able to get there in person hasn't stopped me taking a sneaky peek at the TV occasionally.  From what I’ve managed to see, here are some of my favourite garden designer bits:

Arthritis Research GardenDesigner Chris Beardshaw never seems to disappoint, and this year he continues to inspire with his Arthritis Research Garden.  A personal journey for him - he was diagnosed with arthritis in his teens - his planting is absolutely gorgeous and I just love the scupture that's forming the focal point in this shot. 

This garden is a sum of its parts and is split into 3 sections that represent the journey that arthritis sufferers go through from diagnosis through to managing their condition effectively and with confidence.  The warm, vibrant planting in this image forms the Radiant Garden, representative of that final happier stage.  See Chris Beardshaw talk about his 2013 show garden here.

Chris won a well deserved gold medal for his efforts and the coveted People's Choice award.

Continue reading
Hits: 3823 0 Comments
0

Blog Categories

Tag Cloud

Events & Shows Absorb pollution Geranium sound in the garden Hidcote snow Echinacea January garden CorTen wild flowers rainwater harvesting Winter shrubs Horticultural drought CorTen steel basil RHS Malvern patio eco-friendly Bamboo garden Laurel hosepipe wildlife Horticulture Malvern Spring Show repetition RHS Hampton Court Phyllostachys nigra Jekka McVicar Cut flowers Chelsea Physic Garden Carol Klein water feature Levens Hall heatwave Chelsea Flower Show GYO garden focal points terracota elm garden design winner Greenhouse Herb garden Gardeners World November garden sweat peas New York Highline August garden build stonemarket Alys Fowler Kelmarsh Hall herbs Rachel de Thame Lawrence Johnston roof gardens Crocus Achillea doddington hall water conservation spring bulbs colour in your garden Fleece RHS Joseph Banks Mrs Loudon spring garden National Gardening Week plant pots green spaces winter garden Wisley Briza maxima Kew Gardens career in horticulture cottage gardens pond Great British Garden Revival Nicki Jackson RHS Chelsea Perennial scented shrubs Daffodils Trees Narcissus Stoneleigh ash productive garden plants Cloches kitchen garden National Trust front garden watering can twitter Coastal plants May garden garden advice at home October garden Berginia Highgrove garden room Alan Titchmarsh March garden RHS Tatton Park planning your garden garden design tip James Wong water Wildflowers Stone Lane Gardens Blue Daisy Prince Harry surfaces Urban Heat Island unity lawn care form rosemary Garden Planning Horticulturalist legacy gift courtyard rococo reclaimed materials pollinating insects Urban Heat Island Effect Glasshouse Futurescape bulbs Tom Hart-Dyke Toby Buckland BBC autumn garden December garden structure Taxus Birmingham Library NSALG Sophie Raworth topiary sunflowers Capability Brown alpines Cambridge botanical garden hydroponic roof garden movement in the garden gardening on tv deer vertical garden Snowdrops Joe Swift composting Berberis ha ha Buxus hard landscaping Seed sowing Chris Beardshaw Joanna Lumley Decking April garden Moss Bank Park saving water Selfridges Roof Garden women and work award herbaceous borders recycled materials Herb pests poppies paving cottage garden garden design trends Matt James Cosmos astrosanguineus Acuba grey water HNC pollinators September garden edible garden show HTA bulb display Hosta traditional style February timber gravel watering summer garden ornamental grasses sorbus house plants show gardens Lantra rock gardens grow your own birch John Massey bees Euphorbia Malvern Hills Monty Don Floating Paradise Gardens of London blue February garden kerb-side appeal Ashwood Nurseries Charlie Dimmock cyclamen contemporary Spring shrubs June garden London water butt acer Kensington Roof Garden Ilex Shrubs July garden

Welcome to Blue Daisy Blog



Our Promise

promiseWe work hard to keep our customers happy.  We work to a voluntary customer charter.

Peace of Mind

simplybusinessWe take our responsibilities seriously so we're insured through Simply Business.

Click on the logo for our Garden Design insurance details. For Gardening details see our gardening services page.

Proud Members Of...

landscapejuicen... The Landscape Juice Network where we interact with other professional gardeners, designers and landscapers.