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Starting a Garden: Designing a garden layout with intention is essential for a great garden view.

Use This Concept to Design an Amazing Garden View

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You might be thinking, what am I missing? Why my garden looks so … uh… uninteresting? I see you, and I get you. To create an exciting garden view, you need to learn about the concept of layering. Have you thought of your garden that way? That's how I see it. 


Your garden view is your stage

As a lover of all visual arts, I appreciate theatre staging a lot.

First, you see the stage curtains and feel the anticipation and excitement to look forward to the play to start. Then, the curtains open and relieve the stage with a fantastic or peculiar or otherwise fascinating setting. Doesn't it just grab all your attention?

You begin exploring the scene and feel drawn into it. The set opens new worlds and makes the scene feel so exciting that it takes your breath away.

> > Now, think of your garden view as a theatre stage. < <

When you see the stage, it is fascinating, inspiring, and creating an element of mystery. It is not an empty space with all things pushed to the perimeters of the scenery.

Likewise, your garden view shouldn't be like that - a huge lawn in the middle and flowerbeds along the site's borderlines. 

You can use my theatre stage concept when creating your inspiring garden view. Think of your room or terrace to be a theatre stand. The curtains, or if you have no curtains, the window frames or pergola act as the theatre's stage curtains. They make your room or outdoor living area perfect and frame the scenery in front of it.


Designing a view begins with a garden layout

To design a fascinating and intriguing garden view, you need to use boldly all the space you have. That said, you need to divide your garden layout into different zones. Or at least you need to think of the garden view as layers when you design it. 

Those essential layers of your garden view are:

  • front, 
  • middle, and 
  • back

It's as simple as that!

There should be most details in the front, some space, and structures in the middle, and a view to the surrounding landscape, building, or higher structures at the garden's back. Think of those areas as separate zones - front, middle, and back layers. They create the desired perspective - an intriguing scene that has a hint of mystery to it.



Where to place a focal point?

A good view has a focal point that attracts the eye and gives it a fixed point to rest. Where do you want to pay special attention to in your garden view? 

Choose one of the before mentioned three zones, and add there:

  • a sculpture, 
  • reflecting ball, 
  • natural stone, 
  • a beautiful bench, 
  • a shaped pot 
  • or an ornate little tree

You can place your focal point, for example, among vegetation on a planting area. Plants frame it beautifully, and the focal point highlights the planting combination around it. Win-win. 


Time to take action:

There you have it! I have shared with you my concept of thinking of your garden as a theatre stage with front, back, and middle. Now you know the essential layers to start creating an impressive garden view! 

It's time to take some action.

Now look carefully and identify which things in the view you think are in the foreground, middle ground, and back? 

>> Use your garden layout as a tool to identify and enhance those areas. <<



If you need some inspiration for lines, elements, structures, materials, and plants, take my Garden Style Quiz. You get a guide that you can use to support you on the way to an inspiring, layered garden view with a great perspective.




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