Fall Project: Sight Lines

This is potentially a nice view point:
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This garden room needs a bench--it's really the only "room" in the garden without somewhere to sit and look around.  I never added a bench because there never was a good place for it.  Now that it's being rehabbed, I want to find a place for one.  

This spot by the house gives me a great view of the neighbor's roof:
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And this spot would have a view of another neighbor's windows:
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How about a view of the chimney?  We've always wanted to put decorative tile in that rectangle.  This spot is in nearly all-day sun.  That won't work:
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This spot would give a view of a different neighbor's windows if the rose foliage was not screening it.  No--not this spot.  I like the first view better.  And the roses may not stay forever.
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It would be interesting to see into the next "room" where the pond is located, but this spot is also too sunny--sun I want for growing veggies.  And I never want to sit in the sun unless its a miserably cold winter day.   I got all but one of the boxwoods out.  They were painful to dig out.
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So this spot marked with a handy bag of soil amendment is my choice for a bench.  It's too shady there to grow anything veggie.  The large climbing rose provides nearly all-day shade. That, plus the viewpoint it has makes it the best choice. 
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Sight lines are really important because I seek the feeling of being in a garden that extends forever.  Of course our garden does not--I seek to create the illusion of that through screening plants and controlled viewpoints.  

Another view to get right is the view from every single window in the house, which the original landscape architect didn't put a lot of thought into.  I've been trying to make up for that ever since, and will continue until I get it right.  


There are a few more plants to remove or move, and then I'll consider where to put the new path, and also the views from the windows that look onto this area.  

Comments

  1. You have been busy, it is nice to do some garden renovations. If your summers are anything like ours here it gets very hot, could you incorporate a pergola into this garden room so you have somewhere cool to sit?
    xoxoxo ♡

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  2. My lot is so small that I am dependent on neighbors trees (or lack there-of) for the borrowed view.And it's not so much the view I mind, but the enforced shade. My five year plan involves removing all but one tree on my lot-the neighbors provide all the shade I need.

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  3. Pergola...interesting idea, Dianne. I'll be thinking about that, thanks!

    ks, that's exactly where most of my limited shade comes from--the neighbor's trees. The tree-trimming bill is theirs, the shade is mine. :)

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  4. Pergola...interesting idea, Dianne. I'll be thinking about that, thanks!

    ks, that's exactly where most of my limited shade comes from--the neighbor's trees. The tree-trimming bill is theirs, the shade is mine. :)

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