A focal point is what your eye sees first. It catches your attention. This could be the largest, brightest object in your yard, or it could even be something subtle. Just remember, less is often more. Don’t overcrowd an area with plants or objects you want to feature. Choose one thing and make everything else the “supporting cast”. The options for a focal point are endless. However, remember that the purpose is the control the view and create a sense of order in your yard. Garden design allows you to create specific focuses in your garden.
Object Focal Points
These can include structures, objects, or even pathways. An architectural element such as a pergola, arch, or gateway can serve as a focal point. A statue, garden art or a water feature also make effective focal points. Just choose objects that are harmonious with the style and size of the garden. Walkways can serve not only as a path of direction; they can draw attention to a focal point such as a resting spot or bench that marks the end of the path.
Plant Focal Points
To create a focal point using plants, add one dramatic plant or group of plants to the focal point area. It is best to choose plants that look good throughout the season, or all year if possible. Perennials and annuals grouped together can make a nice seasonal focal point, but a large, flowering tree in the center of a flower bed can provide visual interest all through the year. In fact, a tall plant naturally draws the eye because of its size compared to the surrounding plants.
Keep in mind when creating a focal point that it should follow the natural lines in your yard. At Shorb Landscaping, our professional landscapers and designers can help you with focal points or with any other garden design needs. You can call us at 301-897-3503.