Like a beautiful photograph or painting, gardens have backgrounds and foregrounds, points of emphasis and the scene in which the accents reside. In our recent St. Cloud/Sartell Garden Tour, there were many gardens that used backgrounds effectively.
Take a look at this photo from an urban lot in Sauk Rapids. The deep-purple colored ninebark screens the view of the street. Its color is picked up in some of the rocks placed in front of it. The pointy texture of the daylilies and iris foliage add another element of contrast, and the two art objects (the round gazing ball and tall, straight sun on a post) pull the colors together.
Finally, look at these uplifting evergreens that not only provide screening from the yard next door but become a wall that contains the garden. Whatever is (or isn’t) blooming in front of the trees, the homeowners have surroundings with real character to look at from the house and back deck.
What kinds of backgrounds do you use in your garden?