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Focal points are an important part of a successful garden design. They direct the eye and add drama, but they have to be of the right size and statement. In this garden, the focal point is proportionally too small for a garden of this size.

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:

Eastern Inspired Plan

  • 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.


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