5 ways to provide structure in the garden

Providing structure in the garden can add interest and draw the eye. Here are five ideas from a Cotswold garden. 

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Structure is a key element in any garden, however wild or formal the design. The Coach House in Gloucestershire is of the latter and structure in the garden can be seen most strongly in a series of garden rooms. Here, are a few more ways to provide structure to the garden.

Creating vistas. These don’t need to be formal allĂ©es, but using arches or gaps between hedges to frame focal points at some distance provides a sense of order and perspective.

Obelisks are very useful for allowing sweet peas and smaller clematis to scramble up in the summer, and provide a focal point in the winter. They can be particularly effective in pairs.

Yew is the classic tree for clipping and for hedges. Shaping it into simple geometric shapes can be extremely effective in providing year-round structure.

Rills are a feature often seen in Islamic gardens. They help to cool the atmosphere in summer heat, and create a clear formal line at ground level. Work best with a symmetrical element on each side.

Stone spheres are a well-established English garden feature that work well here and can be very effective if the theme is continued with box balls or occasional other shrubs clipped into spheres.

 

This article was taken from a longer feature in the July 2016 issue (236) of Gardens Illustrated

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