If you’re lucky enough to have a garden which overlooks somebody else’s great-looking landscape, the quickest way to capture what is famously called a “Borrowed View” is to frame that vista by positioning a pair of significant Urns or Columns, or a duo of elevated Finials, at the edge of your property. Placing a single ornament there would only arrest your line of sight, while pairing ornaments to create a virtual window will allow you to claim the view while you expand the perceived size of your own gardens.
But remember: It’s Big out there, so Scale Up on the dimensions of those decorations. Timidity (in matters of scale and everything else in the garden) isn’t rewarded when you’re borrowing a view.
At Iford Manor, his home in Wiltshire, the great Edwardian
designer Harold Peto opened one end of his walled, Italian-style Great Terrace, for a long view of the adjacent hills, which slope down to the River Frome. Courtesy of nanquick.com
Harold Peto's Garden famously frames and captures the view - here we see a rolling apple orchard