Why is a focal point so important for my garden?

All the magazines I read tell me that I need a focal point for my garden, such as a birdbath, a fancy pot, or a piece of garden art. Why is this important?
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A focal point becomes part of the permanent landscape, which designers refer to as the bones of the garden. It stops the eye, creating a place to focus-hence, the term focal point. Here are some reasons you'll want to add one to your landscape. A focal point can transform a garden to make it yours. For example, a classical urn on a fluted ped-estal adds an air of formality, whereas a copper fountain that spins and hurls water in an ever-changing pattern injects whimsy.

 

An effective focal point brings with it an element of surprise. It gives visitors something they aren't expecting. Placing art in the garden is an ideal way to showcase the art while adding strength and character to the overall landscape. A focal point can be practical as well as artistic. Birdhouses, bird feeders, and birdbaths attract wildlife while adding an artistic element. The birds become an attraction too. A well-chosen focal point can balance a landscape design; for example, a tall piece of sculpture can offset a tree in another part of the garden. The color of the focal point can pick up hues in surrounding beds and help unify the space.


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