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2. Blur the Boundaries
This garden has plantings and a pathway marching right toward the pond, gaining height as they progress. The taller plantings visually bridge the gap between the short lawn grass and the view of the pond, creating a connection for the viewer. It doesn't matter where the property lines are; the lines of sight have no boundaries.
To see another example of a landscape that blurs the boundaries, check out this new home set within a reclaimed meadow in Maine.
You might not own the lake or the wooded property next door, but who's to say you can't take visual cues from them? Follow the curve of the lake with curved planting beds and plant trees that reflect the look of the wild forests beyond.
4. Open Windows
Create windows in your garden by opening up views to the surrounding countryside. With an intentionally crafted view of the farm next door, the hillside becomes an integral part of your design. You do no work to keep the fields beautiful, yet you benefit from the visual impact.
Whether you live in the countryside, on a wooded lake or in an apartment overlooking the surrounding skyline, maximize your fantastic view by blurring boundaries, opening windows and mimicking the scenery around you.
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