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“Each vantage point should offer a unique view”

“Each vantage point should offer a unique view”
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First Published: Sat, Apr 14 2007. 02 10 AM IST

Updated: Sat, Apr 14 2007. 02 10 AM IST
What type of plants should be selected for a hanging basket and how should I take care of these plants?
The list of plants is very comprehensive. However, some well-growing suitable plants are: Chlorophytum comsum, Chlorophytum comsum variegated, Nephroleps Bosteniensis, Petunia grandiflora, Pilea microphyla and Asparagus sprengerii. These plants tend to grow more on the side that faces the sun, so they can become lopsided if you do not turn them regularly. Watering them is also a bit of a problem. The best way would be to sandwich a layer of polythene sheet between layers of moss grass (keep it hidden, otherwise it will appear shabby). This will help to keep water from dripping. Also, baskets should have a sufficient amount of moss grass to prevent quick loss of moisture. Trim occasionally to maintain shape.
I want to add some decorative features to my garden, such as a small statue or a bench. How can I work them into it?
A Japanese garden technique, mie-gakure (seen and hidden), holds that each vantage point in the garden should offer a unique view.
Therefore, if you want to add decorative items to your garden, place them in a way that they appear as surprise elements to the person walking through it. Keep statues in plant enclosures that surround the piece on at least two or thre e sides or place them at the forefront of a feature wall. Benches should be kept near the path and face the inside of the garden.
(Write to Sameer at decordilemma@livemint.com)
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