The Garden Guide

Book: The Principles of Landscape Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 3: Design Composition in Landscape Gardens

Convenience in mansion planning

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1558. Convenience, as well as effect, require that every house ought to have an entrance-front, and a garden-front; and, in general cases, neither the latter, nor the views from the principal rooms, should be seen fully and completely, but from the windows and garden-scenery. Not to attend to this, is to destroy their contrasted effect, and cloy the appetite, by disclosing all or the greatest part of the beauties at once. The landscape which forms the background to a mansion, the trees which group with it, and the architectural terrace which forms its base, are to be considered as its accompaniments, and influenced more or less by its style. The classic pine and cedar should accompany the Grecian and Roman architecture; and the hardy fir, the oak, or the lofty ash, the baronial castle.