When you start to look closely at nature, you will see spirals and curves everywhere from sea shells to fir cones, and when they are used in garden design create a pleasing effect using hard landscaping materials, plants or even your lawn.
Curved designs give a calm and relaxed feel to a garden that is easy on the eye and encourages you to follow the curve to the centre or to a focal point.
Creating a curved or spiral seating area is easy to do and will suit any size garden making the space seem bigger. Create your curve or spiral using a low wall and paving following the curve of the design to the centre where, depending on the space, you could position a neat table and chairs, a small tree or a piece of sculpture.
With the low walls ‘wrapped’ around you, the space with feel cosy making it an ideal place to relax. Plant evergreen shrubs like euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald and Gold’ or choisya ternata ‘Sundance’ around the outside edge, and for a lovely scent include lilac syringa vulgaris ‘Charles Joly’ or philadelphus ‘Belle Etoile’ and combine with perennials to make the space usable all year round.
Alternatively you could use a suitable evergreen like Buxus Sempervirens (Box hedging) neatly trimmed to shape and placed on either side of a gravel path. Make sure they are far enough apart to allow space for you to walk between using a gravel path to make your mini labyrinth. You could even make your spiral scented, using lavender to release a lovely aroma as you brush by.
Use curved edges to your border or lawn rather than straight lines to add interest. Plant a shrub or structural plant on the edge of the border slightly obscuring the view; this will have the effect of inviting you to follow the curve to see what come next.
Spirals and curves can be found in garden accessories too, from the gorgeous wooden tree seat by www.gazeburvill.com which would make a very stylish place to sit, to spiral wind chimes twirling from a tree branch in the breeze.
It is Chelsea Flower Show later this month and am looking forward to catching up with my Garden Design Tutor, Michelle Brown. Michelle is exhibiting her Artisan Garden ‘Miles Stone: Kingston Maurward Garden’.
I am going again this year with my lovely mum on our annual pilgrimage. It is great to be able to share our passion for plants and gardens, and perhaps even a glass of Pimms!
Until next time