It's a Ying and Yang harmony thing!!! The house provides a context for the garden and the choices I make about what to plant in it. I have unconsciously tried to create a garden that is in keeping with the era of the house. Our house is what's described here in Oz as 'a traditional Queenslander'. It's a type of house that is unique to this state of Queensland and it has certain features which I love.
- it's a timber home, usually built in the period 1890-1915
- it has tongue and groove walls or VJ ... vertical join walls
- it has a steeply pitched tin roof ... usually a corrugated tin roof
- it's high set and built on stumps to cool the building through ventilation
- it has verandah space that wraps around three sides of the house to provide a cool place out of the sun
- it has polished timber floors
- it has french doors
- it has a central hallway to encourage cool breezes to flow through the house
- it has high ceilings indoors, usually around 10 feet high
- it has distinctive features such as breezeways above the doors, pressed metal or plaster ceilings, verandah balustrades, window hoods
- and internal decorative features such as ornamental ceiling roses and picture rails.
Ooohhh, I feel so much better now ... there's a perfectly good reason why my garden doesn't look all that 'tropically trendy' even though I live in the tropics. So .... is there harmony between your house and garden? It's food for thought!