3 December

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A Landscape Design That Reflects Your Taste

“You need to design the terrain as a whole to ensure that the entry path to the house is unique. You can create the basic hints of a garden in its entrance. The entry to a house gives you the first impression you have of the house, so it needs to create a welcoming effect. Is it modern or classic, is it large or small? The entrance gives all these clues to you. When designing the entry of a garden, you need to make sure all the elements are coherent with each other. The entry to the house, the hard floor on the path to the house and the texture of the green elements need to be designed proportionally. And that proportion should to be determined by the size and style of the house as well as the needs of the owners.”

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“Whatever the style, the hard floor path leading to the house should be composed of non-slippery, easy-to-walk-on material. Gardens should be designed in a holistic manner. The style is determined according to the needs and taste of the owner –usually in line with the style of the house but sometimes independent of it. Once the style is determined, then the garden is designed accordingly starting from the entrance. For instance, for a Mediterranean style garden, you can use cypress and terracotta objects in the entrance and use olive and lemon trees as well as lavender. Don’t forget that the plants play the key role in highlighting the entrance. You can choose different types of plants that bloom in different seasons to make sure the garden is alive and colorful all year round. Evergreen plants create a sense of life in the garden. Deciduous and seasonal trees are usually not preferred. Solitary or symmetrically potted plants heighten the space as well as embellish it.”

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“Landscape architect Nilüfer Şentürk Temel, the founder of Lotus Landscape Design Planning, suggests four approaches to designing entry paths to houses.”

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“The symmetrical and formal design: Straight and clear lines are used here. Symmetry to the main door is essential. Potted topiary or pyramidal plants are used. Sandblasted or patina marble can be used on hard floors to avoid slipping.”

“Natural, informal design: A more curvy path can be designed in line with the natural environment. Especially country-style houses use this kind of design. The plants are used as naturally and informally as possible. Natural looking materials such as slate, pebbles or granite pavement can be used for tiling.”

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“Minimalist and modern design: A modern effect can be created using asymmetrical and clear lines. In plantation, less variety is used with more repetition. For example, the extensive use of sedge and bamboos are clear characteristics of minimalist gardens. Burnt granite, epoxy and precast materials can be used for tiling.”

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“Unique, conceptual design: An entry path incorporating elements of Zen, Mediterranean, tropical and other styles can be designed. In the Zen style, pebbles and granite are used for tiling. Japanese maple and boxwood are typical of this style. Palm trees and wooden tiling are used for tropical style while olive trees, cypress and lavenders are characteristic of the Mediterranean style.”

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