Framing a View
Framing a view is a technique, shown at far left, that uses man-made structures or natural objects to focus your eye on a scene or object in the distance. In a small area, you can employ this method to call attention to a sitting area, fountain, piece of art, or plant. In a large space, it can capture a dramatic view.
Symmetry means that if you drew a line down the center of your garden, one side would mirror the other. In the garden at near left, the two potted plants anchor the entrance's symmetry. This technique works well with formal houses, and is also an easy concept for beginners to understand and use. If you're going for a cottage or naturalistic garden, however, avoid planting a symmetrical garden.
Modified symmetry, however, is a bit more accommodating for relaxed styles. With this technique, the major features on each side of the centerline are the same. However, smaller plants and features can be different, so you don't have to strive for perfection.
photo: Southern Living