Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Circles in Garden Design

Circles have been called the ultimate geometric symbol.
From the perfect iris of our eyes, to the roundness of a full moon, the circle turns up again and again in the natural world.

Maybe that's why the circle seems like such a lovely shape for a garden.

The simplicity of this green and white circle garden is so appealing.

Now that we've established the size of our circle-shaped herb garden,
the next question for me to answer is:
How high should that inner circle be?
Our surrounding walls will be built at about eighteen inches, bench sizing for easy gardening.

Above is one of the pictures from my last post.
Here the inner circle is higher than the surrounding gardens.

In the photgraph below, the inner circle is technically higher, but the boxwood hedge creates the illusion that they are close to the same height.

In this garden the center area with the birdbath is at ground level, but the solid form of the stone bath raises and holds the viewers eye level.
I like the very simple shape of the bird bath in the midst of all those riotous flowers.

Here's another example of the inner circle being lower.
Like the example above, the height of the plant inside the inner circle, creates just the right balance - not too tall or too low.

Here the inner circle is lower than the surrounding walls, but it is not at ground level.
It looks like six inches of stone topped by six inches of wattle fencing, and then the soil has been mounded towards the central pot.
This is design has been very thoughtfully constructed and the result is beautiful.

I love the rustic charm of this house and garden.
It's such a great combination - the big inner circle with its casual plantings and wonderful bird house, surrounded by the plain-jane boxwood hedge of the outer circle.

If you're interested in circular gardens,
I've started a board on my Pinterest site with more images and ideas!

Images found here:
Garden Style by Penelope Hobhouse 


  1. Those are awesome garden design. I hope you can share more tips in designing a garden. I want to learn this badly.

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