Designing the perfect lawn; Gardening.
PLANNING to create a new lawn this spring? Can't decide which shape, size or type of lawn will suit you?
As the lawn is often the most prominent feature in the garden, you should spend a little more time thinking about its design than you do on other, less dominant areas of your plot.
Garden designer Andy McIndoe, director of the Hillier Garden Centres, says: "The most pleasing gardens consist of two-thirds 'space' and onethird planting. This space can be made up of gravel, paving, water, ground-cover plants and, of course, grass."
But in many gardens there is too much paving and lawn and not enough planting, which draws attention to the lawn. If this is so in your case, the best solution is to reduce the size of your lawn and add depth to your planting, which will integrate the grass into the overall garden design.
McIndoe has now written Living Lawns, a guide covering all you need to know to achieve a lawn that suits your garden and lifestyle.
Shape can be all-important, especially in winter when it becomes the main patch of green in your garden.
"Often the shape of the lawn is determined by the shape of the plot: rectangular garden, rectangular lawn. This results in borders of even width and long, straight lines that do nothing for the interest and perspective of the garden," says McIndoe.
"Just taking away the corners from a rectangular lawn will make the beds in the corners deeper, allowing greater planting and creating more interest. It will seem to taper in the distance, increasing the perspective and making the garden seem longer.
"A similar effect can be created by using a round lawn in asquare garden, " he continues.
"Beware of fussy, frivolous designs such as giving your lawn border wavy edges, which can go wrong when the plants start to grow. Lawn curves should be soft and sweeping and lead the eye."
Living Lawns, by Andrew McIndoe, is published by David & Charles on February 22.
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