Pauses Along the Way

Strong transitions make moving through a garden a satisfying experience.

By Shirley Remes


how to create flow in the garden

Change the Levels

Elevation changes also mark movement from one area to another. At the driveway arbor, massive stone steps lead visitors down a steep incline from the public area and into a more intimate garden space.

Change in elevation can effect the pace of a garden, says Hursthouse. A gradual shift is more inviting than a quick change in levels. “For instance, a wide, gracious stair beckons you,” he says.

A sunken area or room can help define a space or emphasize its importance; this is particularly useful when making function or style changes in a garden. For instance, an effective design element is to have a seating area that is just a little bit lower than the rest of the garden.