Awhile back I wrote a post entitled Design Tip: Give Your Lawn a Shape (see here). It gives ideas on the design principle that your lawn should be a feature of your garden, not just a receptacle in your garden. A lawn shape is a design technique that is so simple it hurts.
Recently, a reader made the following comment on that post and posed a question:
“Hi Julie, my garden is around 60ft long, 40ft wide and at the moment has beds along the edges of the lawn a summer house at the top and straight decking patio across back of the house out about 20ft. So a rectangle with a smaller square next to the house…. I haven’t a clue what to do with the lawn, which is not used at all its decorative alone.. I fancy circles but don’t know where to start, or curves… It’s east facing too?“
I decided to take this on as a bit of a design challenge. Keeping in mind that I am guessing a bit as to the actual layout of the house, patio, and beds, I gave the reader a couple of ideas for converting her lawn shape by using circles. The reason? It is my opinion that curves are hard to pull off successfully unless the space is very large. Otherwise, the curves become too tight and busy. I thought this space would work best with circles.
I am particularly fond of round lawn shapes because they are unusual and quite striking. A singular circle or a grouping of circles makes a statement all unto itself.
Another tip when reducing your lawn space…the lawn area can be reduced quite significantly in order to allow space for other features such as a kitchen garden.
With water shortages all over the south and west, reducing your lawn is a very good idea. By giving your lawn a distinct shape, you can achieve great design while reducing the size and the resources needed to keep up that lawn.
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What shape would you prefer when reducing the size of your lawn?