Side Yard Makeover by Shirley Bovshow of EdenMakersBlog.comMediterranean Landscape, Los Angeles
Garden makeovers by Shirley Bovshow in Los Angeles.This was formerly an abandoned narrow side yard used only to store trash cans. Now it is a favorite garden stroll area for the homeowner. See the complete makeover: http://edenmakersblog.com/?p=893
Photo and design by Shirley Bovshow
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Balance the composition. Use symmetry or asymmetry to frame a view that's near or distant, giving the viewer a restful (living) picture to enjoy. You can get a formal effect with symmetrical plantings, such as a pair of columnar conifers that indicate an opening to a garden path. Or use an arbor or trellis, centered over a pathway, as is done so beautifully here. Suggest asymmetrical balance with natural or man-made sentinels of equal visual weight. For example, you can offset a large tree on one side of the view with a grouping of garden furniture on the opposite side. The items may be different, but together they create an appealing balance.
Masterfully executed by designer Shirley Bovshow, this once-ordinary side yard is now a verdant place where the homeowner can stroll with a morning mug of tea.What makes this space special: The vine-clad arbor creates a welcoming doorway. The stepping stones are nicely spaced, so people can even walk here in bare feet. The Mediterranean plantings have a unified, green palette to soothe the eyes — and there's even fragrant lavender, to release its scent when ankles brush by.
Another quick fix is to train a climbing vine or perennial up and over a simple arch. A morning glory or sweet pea vine can cover this arch in a single season! Though not nearly as impressive as a giant archway that goes far into the distance, a beautifully planted archway will give a sense of protection overhead and create a vista. Again, notice the gate that gives a walker a sense of entrance and protection once they have passed through.