A while ago, I showed how to create lines of force from your house to help integrate your house into your landscape. In the following post, we created a formal rectangular style design from those lines of force. This time, I will show how the same lines of force can generate a more informal design, a curvilinear landscape design.
It is also fun to consider design some goals. For this big house, we are going to add the following:
- A large lawn area for the children.
- A large sunny patio for parties with a pool.
- Privacy from the neighbors.
- Benches away from the main areas.
Lines of Force can generate a rectangular design
Here is the grid pattern that was generated from the building last time.
And here is the design pattern that we generated.
They can also generate a curvilinear landscape design
Instead of using the lines from the grid, we will instead use points of intersections of the grid lines. These points will be used as points in the geometry we create for our informal design pattern.
The geometry that we will be using in our curvilinear design theme will be circles or more accurately portions of circles.
The points will be either be the center of the circle or a portion of the circle. For example, here are some of the possible ways we could use the grid system from our house.
Our curvilinear landscape design areas defined
We can add some lines that represent a fence along the property line and we have our areas defined.
- The shape next to house with the pool in it is the hardscape patio area.
- The blue colored area represents the grass area.
- The area outside of the grass but within the fenced area are planting beds.
How this Curvilinear landscape design could look
Now lets looks at how this could look after it is built. Click on any of these images for a larger version.
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Jim, your posts on garden design are very inspiring.
I wanted to contact you via @mail, but can’t find any address, so I would like to ask here, if I can use some of your drawings from this post on my blog:
I belive that this is a great example of how curvilinear design should look like.
I’m not a garden designer myself and I prefer to show my readers proffessionals’ work as an example (with their consent of course).
Best regards, Joanna
Yes you may.
Jim, what landscape design software package do you use? At least I’m assuming you’re using ones to create these very good plan visuals.
Sketchup as well as CAD and Photoshop.
Was just reading over your crab apple pruning in 4 steps. I was wondering if like apple trees we need to be aware of the flower buds and leaf buds when pruning a crab apple? If so, how would this apply to your 4th step of pruning?
Crab apples are Apples trees, the only difference is the size of the fruit, so anything that applies to Apple trees would also apply to Crab apple trees.
That being said, when I prune a crab apple, I give no consideration to flower and leaf buds.
If you want maximum blooms, yes we should prune soon after they flower, but they usually have so many blooms I only worry about pruning for structure.