many hardscape features of a landscape, buildings and other
structures serve a dual purpose. They may be functional like a
garden shed or shady gazebo but they must also serve an
aesthetic role. With this in mind, garden structures should be
made of materials and lines that will complement the overall
design intent of the landscape.
The major structural elements
found in landscape gardens would include:
Arbors - Certain
plants such as the vines and climbing roses need to be
supported in order to properly show their flowers and
beauty. Arbors are perfect structures for this role.
Bridges - If you have a pond
or stream on your property, you can do a lot with the design
of a bridge. Just think of Monet's bridge in France for
Decks - This outdoor living
space needs to be part of the landscape too. Use materials
and design criteria to blend seemlessly with the
Doorways - Entries to the
house or through walls or fences, doorways can also may a
statement about your landscape.
Fences - Not only do these
divide your property from your neighbor's but they
also provide a backdrop for your beds and borders.
Gazebos - Another outdoor
living space, these should also blend in but make a
Raised Beds - These can be
functional to help people with limited mobility continue to
garden. Use materials that fit your design.
Sheds - Tool or planting
sheds are as much a part of a garden as are the plants. They
can be a beautiful addition to any landscape.
Walls - Ranging from brick
and mortar to dry stacked layers of rocks, walls add
personality to a garden.