I took this set of photos in Holland.
I think they show both the different tones in nature and also the different balance of shapes.
The trick with garden design is bringing the essence of these shapes into smaller, urban gardens or mid sized country gardens.
If you look at the photos carefully and put your designer hat on: How can you bring the foreground, mid ground and background into your garden so that your garden feels more spacious. Can we reproduce the lovely white backs of the sheep into a formation of stones perhaps? Or clumps of wild, white flowers?
Or the curved path that disappears and gives our garden design a sense of mystery? How can we use the dense tone of the Heather and contrast it with the elegant stems of the Birch trees and soft grasses?
All these elements are at play with a garden design and even the smallest spaces can benefit from this approach.
Often garden designers are asked to say where their inspiration comes from? Almost all talk about where they roamed as children.
Which landscape would you reproduce with your garden design?