Pauses Along the Way

Strong transitions make moving through a garden a satisfying experience.

By Shirley Remes


how to create flow in the gardenPlay with Styles

There’s no strict rule that says gardeners have to keep the same style throughout their gardens; however, a style change should be a pleasant surprise, not a garish contrast that competes with other elements. Most of Nyquist’s garden is rustic country, but a formal rose garden is tucked into one corner of the yard separate from the rest, while a more Asian-looking specimen conifer bed edges the lawn area.

Just as there may be different decorating styles in the rooms in a home, the same thing can happen in a yard, says Hursthouse. “In a house, there may be a transition through French doors from a traditional dining room into a casual family area.” A formal garden outside may have a terminus such as a wall or hedge, beyond which is a less formal area, such as a grove of trees, he says.

Combining different styles fits our modern lifestyle, where homeowners may want an outdoor entertaining space for adults with a nearby play area for the children.