August 25, 2011

Traditional Landscapes for New Jersey Gardens

Filed under: Landscape Design — admin @ 10:45 am

Interest in traditional gardens has grown greatly in recent years.  Many people have realized that these gardens are based on principles that have evolved over hundreds of years and are relevant and inspiring today.  Also, the increased appeal of preserving and restoring older homes has led to a desire to create appropriate period landscapes.  Our Landscape Architects and Garden Designers at Live Oak Landscape are professionals who have studied in detail the architecture of the house to design beautiful gardens to enhance that architecture.

Most traditional American gardens reflect both geometric and naturalistic elements.  Many of the great garden designers of the last century were masters of both schools of design and knew how to combine and apply the principles of each as the situation required.  Gardens in the early 20th century were often influenced due to a variety of newly available plants.  In particular, the perennial flower border was raised to new aesthetic heights by the English garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll.  Her compositions were masterpieces in color, texture and shape.  In collaboration with the great architect Edwin Lutyens, Jekyll created some of the most inspired and beautiful gardens in western civilization.  They have the order and structure of geometric gardens, the sweeping irregular lines of naturalistic gardens and the exuberance and vitality of original designs.  Jekyll’s work was widely appreciated and continues to have wide appeal and charm today.

Traditional gardens rely on constructed features as well as plants to create harmonious effects.  The largest and most important features are the found plane itself which can be manipulated through grading and the house, which may be linked to the landscape by an appropriately designed porch or patio.  In successful designs, view from major windows and doors and access between indoor and outdoor space are carefully considered and Live Oak Landscape Architects and Garden Designers are specialists.

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