Using screens both
to hide and to enhance
Certain plants prove to
be very effective screens, especially when planted on rising ground.
In this project, bamboos
were planted in areas where it was necessary to lift up the eye, and as a means
of providing a gentle merging of the middle distance foliage with the trees and
the distant hills.
The variety used
(Semiarundinaria fastuosa) grows to 6 metres (20 feet) high and can thus
be used (as it was here) to hide particular features in the immediate
background, such as neighbouring properties (see the house within the red box
in the lower photograph).
The New Zealand tree fern
Dicksonia Antartica has light green leaves and has been used here with
good effect to inject colour in the dark foliage of the oaks lining the
The colour contrast draws
the eye from the foreground, across the lake, and into the middle distance.