If you feel a bit limited by your own garden, why not borrow a view.
It’s a well established technique and is officially called ‘a borrowed landscape’, where views outside the garden can be incorporated into the composition of your own garden.
It encourages you to look beyond the garden boundary and expands the sense of space, making the garden seem bigger.
The idea is also used within large gardens where a man-made object is created, or a natural object is used as a focal point . It’s carefully placed so that it can be glimpsed through a framed view, you’re not sure if its part of the garden, but you’re lead on to explore the rest of the garden. A series of views like this can be used to direct your journey through the garden.
This is a close-up of the view that can be seen in the distance through the window above:
But this technique isn’t just for large gardens with grand views, it can also be used in an urban setting, making use of a gap in a hedge or a window in a wall.
Maybe this is a technique you could try?
all images: Jill Anderson