The Garden Guide

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

The grand effect of water in landscape

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1523. But the grand effect of water in landscape depends on wood as its accompaniment. The variety and intricacy of outline, the reflection of forms and colours, the shady recesses and flickering lines of light, all depend on trees. These are not to be sparingly or indiscriminately scattered around the margin, but liberally in some places, for the sake of a contrasted mass of grateful colour or shade, to relieve the brilliancy of the water; and with discrimination every where, to mark the beauties and heighten the variety of the outline, without destroying breadth of effect, or the formation of a whole, either as respects the water alone, or the entire residence.