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kitchens and televisions . Others are rustic and open to the elements . They ’ re a place for family and friends to gather or teenagers to get away from parents .
Our design approach is to study the home ’ s architectural style and use it as a starting point for our design . Usually we design a structure that blends with the house in design and materials . But sometimes we design something appropriate but different from the main house to set it apart .
Other architectural garden elements include gates , arbors and trellises . Here we employ a similar approach to our outbuildings . Do you want your fence and gate to recede into the background or stand out and draw the eye ? Either way , the design should be a part of the overall composition .
Another architectural feature to consider is the obelisk , often used to train vines in ornamental gardens . Obelisks provide decorative character to the landscape , structure for the intended plant and a distinctive feature to your garden .
Now let ’ s talk about architecture of the garden : Composition and plants . I view the structure or geometry of the garden and the components of the composition as architectural , too . Fencing , gates , walls and plantings are composed to create a framework that defines green rooms and creates a narrative of form , mass , light and memorable sight lines . A balance between vertical and horizontal elements builds a harmonious link between the manmade and natural .
– Jeff Allen , Landscape Architect jalallc . com
Stucco-clad columns with bluestone caps and steps , cast stone urns , a verdant lawn and globe boxwoods make for an inviting entrance .
A cast-stone plinth and urn are just the right accents in this shade garden opposite the front door . They create a nice landing moment every time the homeowners leave their home .
A classical fountain made of brick , bluestone and lead fountain accents draped with evergreen clematis .