Video:Make a Garden Look Biggerwith Charlie Siegchrist
Want to make your garden appear bigger? Use this simple garden design trick that combines plant colors to create the perception of a larger garden space.See Transcript
Transcript:Make a Garden Look BiggerHi, I am Charlie Siegchrist for About.com Home and Garden, and I want to share a secret of garden design that can help a space look larger than it is.
Garden Colors and Size PerceptionThe way the human eye works, colors that appear to be hot, bright red for example, appear to be nearer to us. We also have what is called aerial perspective. If you look at a mountain range the mountains nearest you look a dark blue. And the further back you go the mountains get lighter and paler blue until they almost disappear in the sky. So that also gives us an illusion of depth.
Arrange Flower to Make a Garden Look BiggerSo these bright red colors up front with these coarse, big leaves make this plant look much closer. And then, by selecting colors that go from an intense purple to a medium blue to a pale blue to a light blue to a very fine textured silver, these appear by aerial perspective to look much farther away than they actually are. So if you have a small garden space in your backyard that you wish to appear larger than it really is, this trick will help you accomplish that.
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