Gardens that aren't "GARDENS" (stiff pinky finger----tea cup, pursed-lips) appeal to me.
|Wall garden, Montalcino, Italy|
|Hillside terrace garden, Ravello, Italy|
|Peach Orchard, Greene, Maine, USA|
It is often my litmus test of a successful landscape design or building project that the final result seems...unintentional.
To create such a place, I train myself to see the elements that are shouting 'ME, ME, ME!' and remove them or subdue them. They may be ones that exist on the site or ones I have placed inappropriately.
An example of such landscape design strikes me every time I visit the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California. This is a set of museum buildings on a hilltop that is so well-tuned that even the most extravagent landscape features seem natural.