To include examples of each term in a garden context and how colour can be used in garden design to provide unity, adjust mood and play visual tricks. Uses of focal points to include: to draw the eye, to encourage exploration, to distract, to create false perspective, to provide theme interest.
Asymmetry can be ‘messy’ or can have an underlying rhythm or balance.
both sides of the garden match each other
The garden design rotates around a point without distorion
Colour of walls, garden furniture and plants all change the ‘mood’ of the garden. A garden of blue and analogous colour (colours next to each other on the colour wheel) may convey a restful mood. A garden planted with a mixture of colourful plants might be referred to as a ‘riot’ of colour. Colour is relative, so one colour is affected by the colours that surround it. Colour can create a sense of distance (e.g. blue tends to recede). Colour can create a sense of warmth e.g a terracotta wall might make a seating area look more ‘cosy’ than a white wall.
The bright sun of the Mediterranean tends to bleach out colours, so bright colours tend to be used. The softer light of northern more temperate climates lends itself to more subtle colours.
the actual colour, is it red or blue)
the amount of black
the amount of white
Focal points in gardens: statues, tunnels with light at the end, gateways, doorways, buildings, mirrors, specific plants.
Focal points can be lit for emphasis either by artificial light or natural effects of the sun
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