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White Walls and light paving can help to lift a shady space

White Walls and light paving can help to lift a shady space

Even  dense shade in the garden can be made attractive to look at and suitable for growing plants.

1. Whiten up

Make the best use of available light by painting walls and fences white. Also lay light coloured paving, stain trellis work white and use seats and containers which are either white or pastel shades.

2. Reflect on it

You can create the illusion of space and brighten up dark corners by putting up a mirror, which will also reflect light onto the plants.

3. Water works

The reflected light and the gentle sound of a water feature with a fountain will help to lift a dark corner.

Mirrors can give a shady space a whole new dimension

Mirrors can give a shady space a whole new dimension

Source: ‘Short Cuts to Great Gardens’- Reader’s Digest

Old School Gardener

 

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I love land art. You can often see it in protected landscapes or the grounds of important buildings. Sometimes, more riskily, it can be found in the open landscape, where it can make a wonderful contribution to an overall scene, aid interpretation of a place or maybe even just define a space that would otherwise be unremarkable.

I feel this way about wind turbines- I know that having them placed up against your plot might be a pain. Their numbers, groupings and locations do need careful thought, but I think we should embrace them more as potentially positive additions to our landscape (as well as out at sea). Rather than try to ‘hide’ them by leaving them creamy white, why not make more of them as land art – a clever paint job or perhaps adding some whimsical ornamentation could actually make them something we look forward to seeing.

Coming back to earth, or rather back to the garden, what about land art in a more domestic setting?

In my opinion, a lot of ‘off the shelf’ garden sculptures and other ‘features’ are just plain dull and many others too sickly sweet or twee to be given house room- or should I say garden room. We also sometimes place small, insignificant items in our gardens which are out of proportion and are soon ‘lost’. We really ought to be thinking big(ger).

Well, enough of my Monday rant, here are a few examples of some superb pieces of land/garden art in stone. What do you think of them and what about more land art in gardens?

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