Stairs – an Interesting Element of Landscape DesignLandscaping Feeling
Few people find a garden located in a flat place interesting. Rough surfaces with hills and ravines allow you to create terraces, retaining walls and alpine slides on the site – all these are elements of plastics. The use of stairs is necessary for gardens, on whose surface there is a height difference.
Many owners of flat areas are ready to create artificial bumps in their garden to build a staircase. But garden stairs look best in areas where a significant difference in elevation is felt.
Create stairs with steps that have at least a slight slope forward to prevent stagnation of rain and meltwater. Materials for the stairs are selected from the calculation so that the legs do not slip when it passes. Therefore, stairs are built of brick, wood, natural or artificial stones. Artificial stone and concrete are the most durable, unlike brick and wood, but the stairs created from these materials look quite natural when lichens and mosses appear on them.
The width of the stairs is selected in accordance with the width of the path in the garden, and its styling should correspond to the general style of the garden. In the regular garden or in its area, where there are features of a regular style, it is worthwhile to arrange classic staircases, and on both sides to install containers or flowerpots with flowers.
The landscape garden presupposes freedom for imagination and proximity to natural forms. In this area, stairs are decorated with plants to give them picturesqueness and rapprochement with the surrounding landscape. Allowed their creation of stairs of different sizes and their displacement to the side. For decoration, saxifrage, phlox, ferns, and bells are used. When creating a staircase, you need to leave small slots or pockets between the plates to plant lawn grasses and ground cover plants that are resistant to trampling.