The Garden Guide

Book: The Principles of Landscape Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 2: Compositional Elements of Landscape Gardening

Artificial plantations on barren heaths and commons

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1511. When artificial plantations are bounded by barren heaths or commons, all that can be done is to advance beyond the boundary of the place portions of avenues, and rows of trees of different lengths. Sometimes an inequality, crowned by a clump or thicket, may promote the idea. On other occasions, where the heath or waste may be so bleak as to convey no agreeable expression, and therefore is, of course, struck out entirely from the improved scene, a sort of connection may be given, by advancing strips or rows from the boundary plantation into the heath. Even single or scattered trees, if they can be protected in that situation, will have a tendency to produce that sort of connection required; and, while it gratifies the proprietor's love of appropriation, will please the eye of the traveller, who views the country as a whole, and delights to observe the harmony and beauty of its principal features. Having disposed of the whole, and of the parts, as far as respects their general effect and connection, what remains to be considered is, the sorts of trees, manner of disposing the plants, fences, and future management.