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Focal Points in your garden





Whether it's a view, a specimen plant, or a favorite vessel you want  people to notice, focal points draw attention and lead the eye from one distinct area or object to the next.  They pull you in for a while before you're lead off to enjoy other parts of the landscape or, better yet, another captivating combination.  Without them, your garden is absent of focus and direction.

Container combinations are often the focal points in many gardens.  Their artistic and architectural features act as punctuation marks to make one pause; to add emphasis; or to establish an end to a particular area, a grouping of plants, or a garden destination.  Containers can bring a sense of unity to areas.

Sometimes part of your landscape just needs a little extra spice.  Container plantings can offer a quick fix by directing attention their way, making the sometimes lack-luster garden act as the backdrop.

Get the best of both worlds with high impact, low input plants!

The large, low profile glazed bowl (shown above) works well, providing the right level of interest.  Succulents are all about high impact with low input.  The textured paddle plant (1) grabs attention even from a distance, while the vertical African milk tree (2) adds needed height.  A smaller succulent grouping balancess the design without competing with the focal point.  (3)  Midnight Aloe  (4)
 Peacock echeveria  (5) Dwarf Jade.

The bowl is large and glazed with a rough texture.  It is sturdy and can handle the large plants shown.  The rock top-dressing really helps to keep the soil moist during the warmer months and also adds charm and texture.


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