As I elaborated in part one, the backbone of the garden are trees, hedges, evergreen shrubs, walls, fences, arbors, gates, and other man-made elements. All of these items work together to create a permanent and vertical dimension. In addition, the secondary structural elements such as paths and paving have a major impact on how we use our garden and create design elements that highlight it year-round. Always pay attention to the architecture, color, and texture of your home to ensure that these structures are visually compatible with the overall effect you would like to create in your garden. Too much variety in styles, colors, or shapes can destroy the sense of unity required to ensure a harmonious result. Let’s take a look at the Importance of Structure in the garden part two featuring my rose garden.
My back garden (in between our garage and outdoor fireplace) is the prettiest in Spring and early Summer when the roses have their first big flush. This area requires the most water. It was once filled with a swingset and a tiny patch of grass which we promptly got rid of once my kids were older. This photo was taken of Beau as a youngster. It remains one of my favorites.
This shot is taken from the back of the fireplace facing the garage. It is separated by paths into four quadrants.
The back two quadrants have a small fountain in the center which adds structure and a bit of tranquility and respite. Additional structure is provided by the tall stucco wall which is planted with climbing roses.
The fountain is underplanted with daylilies and teucrium (also repeated in the front yard around the larger fountain). The wall of the house has a trellis planted with the Eden rose (a favorite). Iceberg Rose Standards punctuate the corners of the paths.
This is what that area looks like in early Spring when the Wisteria is in full bloom. The gate leads to the driveway and garage.
The garden is walled by a tall stucco fence on the right and a lower fence on the left so as not to hinder the view of the hillside. This view early Spring when the hills are still green.
The fence provides needed structure and frames the view of the hillside behind. The antique rose Reve de Or spills over the fence. Lavender, The Prince (a david austin rose) russian sage (just beginning to bloom), and nepeta complete the picture.
Here is another view (peeking through the russian sage) of the low fence area with the gate that leads to the pasture. The gate is punctuated by two standards that add additional structure to the entire area.
In the distance, you can see the outdoor fireplace off the pool area.
When we added this outdoor fireplace (on the poolside) we finished the back off with this fountain, rather than they eyesore of a bare wall.
Trellising on either side provides additional structure and support for the wisteria.
Take spots you see every day (like the back of our fireplace)and make it beautiful by adding a fountain to the back of it. Take on the challenge of using paths, trellises, and fences focal points of your garden rather than eyesores. My garden has evolved over the years. Sometimes you need to live with an area for a while before you add a structural element. It doesn’t need to happen all at once. Enjoy your garden and let it grow with you. I still have Part Three yet to come which covers my pool area and the (oft-neglected herb garden), if you can stand more garden photos.
I hope you enjoyed this post, the importance of structure in the garden part two. If you missed Part One you can read it here. If you are looking for inspiration for your own garden you might enjoy my Pinterest Boards. I have seven different boards with ideas. You might also enjoy my Instagram feed it is filled with photos of my garden.
You might also enjoy this recent Garden Design article on 2019 trends in garden design. Have a great week!