Seven Chinese secrets.

By Admin | Landscape
23 May 2016
and completely forget about the rules in this landscape design.First of all - on the balance of the territory.This term refers to the percentage of the area of ​​the garden and its individual elements, lawns, water surface, flower beds and, of course, paving.However, these rules developed in Soviet times for public parks, are now becoming more soft, blurred, and sometimes all intangible.And on the main areas of private law - the taste of the owner (or lack thereof).

Koli passion is not to appease, we mask

Be that as it may, the fact remains: the bridge we love, and nothing can be done about it.Therefore, the task of landscape designer - not to deprive owners of their dreams and strive to make this dream a reality with the least losses and the greatest grace.How to make sure that plenty of paved garden, do not be like a soldier parade ground?Best of all Chinese people know about it.

If you are armed with up classical Chinese garden, calculate the percentage of paved areas, it would be prohibit
ively high.But if you just walk around this wonderful garden, you will not see a hint of imbalance - a solid harmony: water and stone, the yin and yang, the unity and struggle of opposites.The point, however, is not in the philosophy, but in the proper approach to solving design problems.That is why the Chinese gardens is no feeling of nature and suppression unthinkable association with the parade ground soldiers.How do they do it?Here are a few secrets.

Drawing on the plane

It is what you want - concrete or abstract, ornamental, can be laid out various types of stone or ceramic types and can be created by different textures of the same material (background - from shale rock,lying down flat, and the drawing - are the same, but laid an edge).

very rare Chinese can afford to paint color.Their paving, usually chromatic and restraint.

figure not only makes the flooring more attractive, but also visually shorten its area.However, to perform these functions, pattern should be interesting, to attract attention, it is to be a focus and not the background.

Stones on the periphery of the stones on the islands

You can play not only with color and texture, but also with the volume.To give the paved area more natural look, intersperse it in stone.To do this, arrange the stones in selected locations, and then begin to pave the surface, bringing the tiles close to the rocks.You can do the same with built-in lamps, small sculptures and other small architectural forms.

Positioning these decorations can be both in the periphery (eg, in the design of the coastline), and on "island principle" (ie within the site).

Kefir as an elixir old

course, it is natural stone there is nothing.But in the modern world "natural" does not necessarily mean "natural".Often, it is only a masterful performance simulation.For example, the Chinese in their gardens often use concrete paving tiles - and she does not look at them a mockery of nature.Mossy, to break into the joints of the blades of grass, she is - a part of nature, evoke thoughts of eternity.It does not matter that her advanced age - probably an illusion, too.

The Chinese are known for their patience, but why wait for decades, if the aging of the stone is so easy to accelerate?The cracks between the tiles can be planted plants - there are some good take root crops, Veronica filamentous, mosses.And so they better grow - pour fertile substrate periodically to feed their plants and podseivat.To quickly turn green stone "old age", spray it with a solution of yogurt.


If you choose to use in your garden at least one of the following methods, your zamoschёnnaya marketplace becomes much more interesting.If the combine on one plot of land paved the seven secrets to the Chinese, you may have a real miracle.No wonder the Chinese are so fond of the number "seven".

creeps and smooth

plants are used not only to create the illusion of naturalness.They can be corrected by means of the shape of a paved area or visually reduce its size.

To smooth the corners, put the outside paving ground cover (horizontal cotoneaster, some species of juniper, and others.).When they begin to spread across the tile, the shape area immediately becomes not so perfectly geometric.

If you want to visually reduce the area of ​​paving, plant plants in the so-called window within the platform.It will have to remove part of the coating, dig a pit on the site and fill it fertile substrate.The edge of the "window" of opportunity should not be visible.It is best to disguise it the same groundcover.

curve side

However, the Chinese do not often have to hide their strict geometrical form using paving plants.Most often their sites (especially large ones) initially have the original curvature and wrong.Even if the tiling area is a rectangle with respect to the right, then at least one of its sides is wavy.

Grey surrounded by holiday

Oddly like Chinese red area in their gardens, they almost exclusively gray paving stones and tiles.But the environment in this area - the most striking: colorful plant red gilded pavilions, bridges, lanterns.Result: the paving does not attract attention, being a modest background in common celebration of life.In a country where the main square is called Red, fanatical love pave the garden red concrete.The result is the exact opposite: a bright spot lined with greenery, immediately catches the eye.

in the sun and in the evening

paved area comes alive when the sun plays her shadow.The shadow may fall both on the plants framing it and from what we have planted "in the window."And when the sun retires, comes our turn to play with the light.The light can focus on any one area.What exactly - you decide.Use point light illumination, lamps, hidden in the crown of the tree - anything.

Alexander Sapelin, landscape designer.

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