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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,737
    IMHO I think it's not doing what you want it to.
    I've seen it done effectively elsewhere, but over a much greater distance. ( Sutton Place in Surrey springs to mind) 
    I feel it can make a long garden look longer, but I'm not sure it's working there. 
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  • B3B3 Posts: 27,004
    They all look the same size to me.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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  • Pauline 7Pauline 7 Posts: 2,231
    Are they all the same width ? They look it to me. 
    West Yorkshire
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  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,985
    Good idea in theory Freddies Dad, but I don't think it really works here, I think the depth of lawn is too short for the idea to work and the idea of a path which just ends at a bush is not quite right.  If, for instance you walked towards a birdbath perhaps or had a statue at the end, that might work better. You need to have a reason to walk down a path!
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 7,008
    I think you could make it work but you need to introduce a visual break right across the garden at the point the slabs change size, so that the light changes between near and far. I'd be inclined to put a fence of some kind across there with an arch or gateway at the break so you can't see the back fence from the patio - or not all of it, anyway. If you pass through a patch of shade and then the short slabs are in sunlight again, the eye will be fooled more than with it all being evenly lit.
    Another option would be to use blue shades - greeny blue leaf colours and blue flowers - in the far section, because blue is 'recessive so tends to look further away
    “It's still magic even if you know how it's done.” 
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,527
    edited March 2018
    This is what I have done in my garden.I made it so you can walk round in a figure of eight,rather than a straight line, which makes the garden feel bigger.

    From 'ground level' you can't see all the paths.

    A straight line is OK if you actually have some distance to work with.
    Another trick is to have bright coloured plants near the house and paler ones further away.Your eyes tend to focus on the bright ones first and then travel to the 'distance'.If the bright ones are the furthest away your eyes focus on them first and you feel you have seen the whole garden in one go.
    Hope that all makes sense!!
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
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