As I begin to tackle the blank canvas called our new back yard, this is one aspect I was keenly aware of. Seeing this post which I had previously shared, reminded me of some key elements to consider.
Our yard is surrounded by two story homes with NO privacy between them currently. There is no need for boring sight blocking plantings, they can be colorful and interesting with a bit of planning. This might also solve the problem of planting next to fences – raise the plants above the shade cast by a corner fence.
The planter above is one I came across while on a walk one afternoon. The planter is actually so tall, I had to told my arms all the way up to get the picture on the right. I did not even know which flowers were in it till I lowered my camera to look.
“Why would they put these up so high?! No one can even see the flowers to appreciate them.”
After giving this some though I realized that I was not the audience the gardeners were going for. Surrounding this spot are tall buildings. From their vantage point, the planters are spots of bright colors on the green canvas.
The same thought can, and should, go into plantings you do at home or office.
- Who is going to be seeing the plants?
- From where will they be looking?
- Will they be moving or standing relatively still?
- Where is the light coming from?
The planter above is surrounded by bushes. If the gardeners had put it at ground level, it would have been hard to see. Placed above the bushes it is hard to miss.
- Are there other planting nearby to interfere with the line of sight needed? Or which could visually drowned out the planting?
Even though I could not see the flowers, the planter itself caught my attention. Such a bold piece screams to be looked at.
- How will your planter play into your design? Will it blend in or be a focal point of its own?
After taking time to think about this design in the landscape, I appreciate it even more than I did before. Sometimes you need to think outside (or above in this case) the box when looking to add to your garden.
Have you done something particular, such as placing a planter in a non-traditional spot, in your garden? Why did you make the final decision? How have other’s perceived it?