- Tamara Alvarez
This is a small garden that anchors the site-lines with large features such as a bold red wall with a fountain at one end and a corten-steel wall behind the swimming pool at the other to lead your eye down the path creating a longer site line. The planting is intentionally minimized in terms of species so it does not overcrowd the space and includes sculptural elements without using artwork.
Proportion is a must when designing small spaces. Patios and pools must relate well to the size of the house and other garden elements.
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A dynamic entrance to the garden framed by mass plantings and bright sculptural containers sets the scene for the tropical garden behind the closed doors.
Mass groupings of the same species help create a sense of space with the bold containers create a visual impact and mimic the use of color throughout the garden.
The bold red wall acts as an anchor behind the water feature leading your eye down the path creating a longer site line.
Groupings of plantings with minimal use of species, strong lines and an equally strong focal point where the main requirements for this garden path creating the illusion of space within a small space.
A small garden with large impact was created by keeping the lines clean, groupings of plants species to a minimum, well-defined areas and strong focal points at the end of the garden paths that accentuate the long views.
Defined areas and strong focal points help to create a sense of space within a small garden.
A living wall was designed to create interest on an otherwise blank wall making the small seating area more inviting.
An outdoor shower was placed near the pool but tucked away to allow some privacy for those using it.
A garden feels larger if one is able to draw the eye up and over the property line. A tall tree draws your eyes upwards, making the space feel larger especially when used at the edge of the property.
A fountain should always look good, even when dry. The bold red wall next to the natural stone veneer wall creates an interesting juxtaposition while a sculptural airy tree adds further interest while still maintaining the ability to see through it.
Clean lines and mass groupings of plants help create a sense of openness and space within a small garden.
Feature walls and well positioned lighting add to the drama of this small garden.
A dynamic entrance to the garden framed by mass plantings and bright sculptural containers sets the scene for the tropical garden behind the doors.
Even small gardens can have a big impact with the right design. Bold features at the end of a path accentuates the long view of the garden while groupings of similar plant species help create a sense of space by unifying a textural, heavily planted garden.
Lighting is a huge part of the design. The main consideration is to focus on features that you want to accentuate while letting the less important features fade into the darkness.
Feature corten-steel wall adds drama and a great focal point at the end of the pool.
Even small gardens can have a big impact with the right design, tall palms lead your eyes upwards creating even more space in a small area while bold features at the end of a path accentuates the long view of the garden.
Lighting is a huge part of the design. The main consideration is to focus on features that you want to accentuate while letting the less important features fade into the darkness. Well designed lighting can give a feature wall even more sculptural qualities when properly lit.