Focal points are an important part of a successful garden design. They direct the eye and add instant drama, but to do so they have to be of the right size to make a statement.
In this garden, the focal point is a terracotta urn set in front of a beautifully clipped hedge, but because it’s so tiny in relation to the space, it leaves you with a feeling of anticlimax.
The owners of this garden obviously like formality, and the space would benefit from something over-the-top, and maybe a bit humorous.
Here's how this yard could achieve a better sense of proportion:
- The addition of an Indian-style temple and seat are fun, yet formal notes to hit, and hint at exotic Eastern architecture.
- A rectangular pool stretches out in front of the temple, reflecting its elegant shape and form. The pool also creates a great sense of perspective as the eye travels along it to the temple at the end.
- Italian cypresses are used to add height and frame the temple, giving it extra prominence.
- Two spheres clipped into the hedge frame the scene. Features are balanced and in proportion to the size and scale of the yard.