The Garden Guide

Book: The Principles of Landscape Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 4: Private and Public Landscape Gardens

The suburban villa

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1582. The suburban villa seldom stands singly, and even when it does, it is still in a line with other houses, so as to form a portion of a road or kind of street. It has a garden and plant-houses, which may vary in extent according to circumstances. When two or more of such villas can be formed together, the happiest effects may be produced if their owners act in concert at their first planting; and a sort of community of scenery may be enjoyed, without lessening individual privacy and comfort. On the contrary, a gain might result to each proprietor rather than otherwise; for if two villas, adjoining each other, are laid out in the modern style, then, by placing the masses of wood of the one against the masses of the other, less ground would require to be occupied in plantation by each. Office-buildings might be placed against, or near, office-buildings, so as to be shut out, or partially concealed, with less than the usual quantity of trees; and so on. In the ancient style, avenues and vistas might be contrived to pass through each other's grounds, and the ornamental objects which formed their termination, serving both parties, only half the usual number would require to be erected by each.