Real World Gardener Best Fit Gardening Focal Points in Design Elements

November 1st, 2015

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Continuing with the series on best fit gardening. 
Today we’re looking focal points in the garden?

Good garden design has some sort of focal point; something to draw our gaze instead of just randomly looking at a scene but not focussing on anything in particular.

Perhaps a focal point like the fountain in this picture?


Focal points are some plant, whether it’s a tree or a shrub a water feature or a statue, that draws the eye and gives the garden some sense of design.
How do you know what to choose, especially these days when we have smaller gardens?
I'm talking with garden designer Peter Nixon from

The small trees mentioned were Plumeria pudica-the evergreen Frangipani, Synadenium grantii rubra or red south African mild bush; Alberta magna-the Natal Flame Bush for cool temperate to warm temperate regions or don’t go past the double flowering Crabapple-Malus ionensis plena.
If you have any questions about growing small trees for focal points or have a suggestion why not write in or email me at

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