The Garden Guide

Book: A treatise on the theory and practice of landscape gardening, adapted to North America,1841
Chapter: Section III. On Wood.

Keeping picturesque spiry-topped trees

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The manner in which a picturesque bit of landscape can be supported by picturesque spiry-topped trees, and its expression degraded by the injudicious employment of graceful drooping trees, will be apparent to the reader in the two accompanying little sketches. In the first (Fig. 32), the abrupt hill, the rapid mountain torrent, and the distant Alpine summits, are in fine keeping with the tall spiry larches and firs, which, shooting up on either side of the old bridge, occupy the foreground. In the second (Fig. 33), there is evidently something discordant in the scene which strikes the spectator at first sight; this is the misplaced introduction of the large willows, which belong to a scene very different in character. Imagine a removal of the surrounding hills, and let the rapid stream spread out into a smooth peaceful lake with gradually retiring shores, and the blue summits in the distance, and then the willows will harmonize admirably.