All About Balance: Applying Symmetry in the Garden
There’s something about symmetry that easily catches people’s attention, so much so that it’s a recurring design element, which is used over and over again. A quick look into our interior concepts immediately shows how symmetry can be pleasing to the eye. Take for instance our Modern Arabic House Design last January which highlighted the design principle especially in the bedroom.
But as wonderful as it is to see symmetrically designed rooms, the style provides a different effect when it comes to exterior areas like your garden. Creating symmetry in the garden enhances not only its aesthetics, but its ability to inspire a relaxing mood as well. Three Dogs in a Garden highlighted some symmetrical gardens and explained that symmetry is actually innate in people which is why it “feels so comfortable.” The human body follows the exact same design – each with a pair of eyes, ears and limbs.
Design tricks to create a unique symmetrical garden
Building a unique symmetrical garden, however, does not just simply entail designing half the area and mirroring the exact details on the other. Our Curved Landscape Garden Design for Alan Ward is a perfect example. The curved edges that frame the center portion are perfectly symmetrical, but notice that the sides don’t have the same exact plants.
The symmetry was made subtler by incorporating it only on the sizes and arrangement of the greenery – an alternating pattern of tall and short plants. By doing so, you can use various types of vegetation to make your garden appear more diverse but still achieve a balanced appearance.
Symmetry can also be created by dividing your garden into sections. Tailoring your lawn into symmetrical shapes, for instance, is a good way to still maintain balance even if the other components of the garden are not – such as if you have a patio on one side and a fountain on the other. In other words, symmetry is highlighted on the ground.
You can put more emphasis on the divisions by using lawn edging which is a neat tool for designating borders. Screwfix features a number of different types of lawn edging and suggests it’s worth playing around to see which style fits your garden. You can even use railway or jigsaw sleepers to complement the shapes of your sectionalized lawn. The former is great for forming straight lines, whilst the latter gives a more modular look. By applying symmetry on the ground, you then have more flexibility to modify other aspects of your garden.
Another way to practice symmetry is by aligning your garden’s layout with the shape of your house. The Notting Hill garden featured by House and Garden, for one, showed how the curves of the main structure are reflected in the outdoor space.
The design strategies above show how you can still be creative while adhering to a specific principle – in this case, symmetry. Check out more amazing design tricks by reading other entries in our blog or browsing through our Portfolio.