Symmetry

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Anything in pairs is exponentially better: dogs, candlesticks, topiaries… Symmetry in the garden is like punctuation. It says “look over here, this spot is important.” Symmetry at an entrance or transition point hints at even cooler things beyond. It’s a simple, perfect solution.

Above, the matching small potted trees make the massive wall of a cathedral in Melbourne, Australia feel softer and less imposing, and keep the doorway from getting lost.

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A cottage in Hobart, Tasmania. The symmetry here is soft and inviting, drawing attention to the balance and charm of the victorian woodwork and turquoise door.

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A courtyard and entry in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Beautiful and timeless.

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Garden ideas: tropical plants in traditional gardens

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Tropical plants aren’t just for mediterranean or modern houses. Tropicals can work in any garden setting. The Victorians were passionate about tropical plants and used them in their traditional style gardens to great effect. So much more interesting than a purely tropical garden (which can look a little ‘hotel’ if you’re not careful) or an English style border.

These are all easy to grow in the bay area:

Canna
Brugmansia
Zantedeschia (calla lily)
Strelitzia (birds of paradise)
Crocosima
Eryngum
Acanthus
Kniphofia
Agapanthus
Phormium

Vines:
Passiflora
Mandevillia
Campsis (trumpet vine)
Bougainvillea

Trees:
Palms
Citrus
Loquat
Banana

Above is the Larnach Castle garden in Dunedin, New Zealand. Below are two of the cottages at the Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne, Australia.

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