A Garden Made for Two by Columbine Design
Garden designers and landscape architects often swear by the rule of odd numbers when they create a planting design – three deciduous trees in the front yard, groupings of five perennials or grasses for the landscape beds. The exception to this rule is the framing of a point of interest, such as the entry to the house, where one of each plant stands on either side for a more formal look.
Blame it on being French, but I like the elegant and balanced feel of even elements. Two stately shade trees in the front yard, two containers on the front steps (or maybe even four), two fountains decorating both ends of the patio, two comfortable chairs tucked away behind a hedge of grasses (six of them), all make me feel surrounded by happy couples.
I believe all gardens should have a small, intimate and private space made for two. The large table and dozen chairs for public functions or family gatherings should be relegated to the other part of the garden; this garden made for two should be secluded, protected from curious neighbors and planted with favorite blooms. Call it the garden breakfast nook, the outdoor library, or the tea house; it is an open-sky room that is not available to anybody but yourself and a chosen one. Make it as eclectic or simple as you want, as kitschy as your sense of humor dictates. I know of a gentleman who indulges in a cigar-smoking outdoor room in the evenings.
Over time, you can add to your décor, but I would suggest a few details that make a big impact right away. Use outdoor lighting to extend the hours of enjoyment; add a water element for the pleasing and refreshing sound; plant light-colored blooms if you plan on using the space in the evening; shade it properly with a structure or plantings and for privacy; incorporate a small and practical fire pit for cooler days and evenings; and furnish it with two chairs.
Schedule a complimentary consultation to see how Columbine Design can help you create your perfect garden for two. Contact Columbine Design at (303) 761-6807.
Photos courtesy of Martha Stewart Living