August 5, 2014
Developing a focal point in the garden
The water is good for the flowers, but having an area that was unstable for people to stand on wasn't. So I trimmed back the *grass*, and put in some flagstone. At first, it was just that big chunk in front, which looked ridiculous. Then I *flanked* it, by adding more flagstone along the sides, just to make it look like a bump-out. Now I'm doing the fun stuff, which is what creating a focal point is all about.
I also like to call a focal point like this a *walk-up-to-it*. And there is a very sturdy place to stand, which is the most important part. After that, it's all about giving people something to look at, and showing clearly where you want them to step, and where not to step.
The large piece of quartz there along the leading edge performs the function of limiting where people should step, and it looks good, too. You should never, ever, put something that looks like you can step on it along the edge of a garden. If it looks like a step, it's a step. Pointy rocks don't look like steps. If it's a flat rock, or curbing, people will step up on it, and try to balance. It's human nature.
I still have more refinement that I need to do, as this area will be without foliage until the iris starts to grow back. I'll go see if I can find another pointy rock. Right now, unfortunately, that area there looks inviting to step on, but there are plants there, and I don't want that.
Posted by Brad Hall