Garden Design In Dry Climates – Lowering The Size Of The Yard

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Garden Design In Dry Climates – Lowering The Size Of The Yard

The gardener in a dry climate where water is at a premium, may look jealously at dream of growing acres of yard, and garden books from wetter climates. Actually, reducing the quantity of yard always results in better design options.
Leafing through a garden design book the other day, I was struck by a curious fact. The novel is one of many by John Brookes, the celebrated British designer. In almost every case study presented, the size of the yard is considerably reduced in comparison to the conventional suburban garden most people would comprehend. As there isn’t any sign in the book that Mr. Brookes is relating to water conserving gardening, it’s safe to suppose that layout is his overriding problem of concern.

Gardeners in dry climates should be aware of this, if not the sole one offered, because economy water is generally the first reason, for reducing the dimensions of the garden yard. It isn’t hard to see why, as grass in the Mediterranean climates typical of Southern Europe, Southern California, or Southwest Australia, demands at least 700 mm of irrigation water year. In parts of the Middle East and more arid regions like Central Asia, the consumption rate increases steeply. Yet here we see a world-renowned garden designer, seriously restricting the place allotted to a yard, for just design reasons.

All professional designers are intensely concerned with scale and percentage. The majority people comprehend this when it comes to how vertical lines connect to each other, such the height of a tree being in scale to the height and size of the home. There is little trouble in pointing out that 30meter tree would be out of place in a tiny backyard plot, and next to a twostorey house.

Less obvious maybe, but no less relevant, is the demand for the flat spaces in the garden to take appropriate proportion to each other. Let’s take for the purpose of simplicity, an instance of a 10m by 10m plot, (30ft * 30ft) where the grass takes up nearly all the space, with 0.5 meters in width being left as a border for bedding plants. Studying both main spaces, I.e. the yard and the edge, it is clear thin the proportions are entirely incorrect. Why John Brookes or any less famous garden designer would never produce a garden in such a fashion that is.

Actually, it’s fascinating as a dry climate gardener, to view the design options he proffers. Yards are replaced by brick paving or by a wooden deck, by sweeps of earth-hugging plants, or by a lovely seating area enveloped in lush, green leaf. Moreover, by expanding the width of the beds at the expense of the grass, it’s possible to raise the nature of the garden by means of raised structures, or submerged spaces. Keep in mind that shifts of amount, yet mild or subtle, are the stock-in-trade of the garden designer.

Some gardeners in dry climates may look jealously at their counterparts in wetter climes, and dream of growing acres of yard without having to be worried about wasting water or how best to irrigate the grass. Instead, we should study from the great garden designers and decrease the size of the yard with regard to the plot as a whole. In this method, we not only save water, but also produce a more pleasing garden composition in the procedure.

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