Pauses Along the Way

Strong transitions make moving through a garden a satisfying experience.

By Shirley Remes


how to create flow in the garden Draw the Eye

Focal points draw us to different areas in a garden. Nyquist dots terra-cotta pots throughout his landscape. Repeating the same material not only pulls a person through the various spaces but also ties different spaces together.

Continuity is a critical element of the garden, says Hursthouse, because it serves as a compass for way-finding. “As humans, we relate to order and structure. We find comfort in that. It helps define an area to repeat an element throughout a space.”

In contrast, the blue ceramic pots in Nyquist’s conifer garden serve as exclamation points and draw the eye to that particular bed. In the same vein, a formal fountain at the center of the rose garden stands out against the more rustic elements throughout the rest of the yard. At the end of a long arbor lined with hostas, Nyquist placed a stone fountain as a destination to entice visitors through the structure.