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Colour is key when making leisure gardens

By Vision Reporter

Added 31st July 2009 03:00 AM

Public Parks should be made pleasant for the community to visit and relax. Since parks are very large areas, they must be designed in a strong and bold manner.

Public Parks should be made pleasant for the community to visit and relax. Since parks are very large areas, they must be designed in a strong and bold manner.

The visual impact of any design and style used should be strong, otherwise the vastness of the area will swallow up everything.

If lines are to be used, they should be made in an eye-catching manner by either introducing curves or alternating the size of boxes; say for boarders and hedges.

All garden elements like lawns, hard surfaces such as paths, walls, water features like ponds or fountains and vertical dimensions such as arches and pergolas and furniture must be carefully taken into consideration.

Playing areas for children may be integrated though it is not a must. Planting will largely depend on cost implications.

Heavy planting of seasonal flower beds (plants which live for a short period but often have the advantage of flowering profusely) mean high costs in maintenance and watering while reliance on shrubs may not bring out the cheerfulness that is required.

A balance therefore must be sought to turn the area into a graceful place for one to visit.

Parterres (a small planting area surrounded by a hedge of less than 1m in height) should be used as much as possible as they provide an interesting element where everything is so well controlled and clipped neatly. Among them, tall plants like roses may be planted.

Finally, colour must be used effectively. Groups of one colour will catch the eye easier than if many colours were thrown together.

Elements, which are large such as, raised fountains or bridges over a channel of water, should be dressed with equal glamour by using large plants so that their flair is preserved. For example, two large sized Cycads planted on either side of a raised bridge will define the beginning of the bridge and its end.

While water lilies floating beneath will soften the look of the pond or water channel.
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Colour is key when making leisure gardens

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