The Garden Guide

Book: Landscape Gardening in Japan, 1912
Chapter: Chapter 12. Garden Composition

Design in relation to landscape context

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If a garden be constructed in a place where fine trees already stand, others of the same species should be planted beyond them, so that they may appear to blend into the composition. The same method should be followed with regard to any existing rocks or boulders of a picturesque appearance; they should be retained, and reinforced by additional stones harmonising with them in character, and arranged so as to unite them to the general landscape. In taking advantage of an outside view to impart the idea of expanse, it is recommended to plant within the grounds trees of the same kind as those seen in the distance, their heights being gradually raised or lowered so as to lead the eye by degrees to the scale of the background.