MAURITANIAN GARDEN STYLE - WHAT IS IT
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The Moorish style originated in the 19th century and is a type of Muslim garden. Its main feature is the division of the site into "chor-bug", Translated from Arabic -"4 gardens».
Distinctive features of the garden in the oriental, Moorish style:
- a riot of bright colors;
- oriental luxury;
- an abundance of lush greenery, geometrically verified flower beds;
- mandatory use of water elements.
The Moorish-style garden is divided into 4 equal sections, which are decorated in accordance with a certain element of the element and are separated from each other by perfectly flat water channels. In the center of each part is a pond or fountain.
"4 gardens" symbolize the elements of the elements: Fire, Water, Earth and Air. It is believed that in this way the connection between man and nature is emphasized.
Chor-bagh are connected by geometrically correct terraces, paths, alleys, bridges. The intersections are decorated with small round platforms of quaint laid out tiles of various patterns and colors.
Hiding from prying eyes in a Moorish garden
The Moorish style is focused on convenience and privacy, so the gardens are fairly closed from prying eyes. An indispensable attribute of each site is a patio with tables, benches and a fountain (or pond), which are faced with mosaic tiles with oriental patterns. The water in the fountain does not gush, but flows slowly and weakly. The inner territory is fenced off from the outside world by a powerful high fence with large decorative gates. The creation of an ordinary fence or hedge is allowed.
Also, the Moorish style is characterized by the presence of grottoes, gazebos, pavilions and galleries, around which sprawling vines, for example, clematis or kampsis, are planted.
Often, buildings are decorated with wrought iron elements.
Choosing plants for a Moorish garden
The undisputed favorites in the Moorish style are roses! It is impossible to imagine an oriental garden without their fragrance.
Accent plants are also planted that create the necessary mood: salvia, marigolds, iberis, cornflower, poppy, crocus, daffodil, lavender, calendula, flax, nemesia. Do not forget about aromatic herbs such as mint, basil, thyme, rosemary.
In the reservoirs, charming floating lilies are appropriate, and along the canals and paths there are decorative and fruit plants, for example, magnolia, peach, cherry, apricot and apple tree.
The crown of trees and shrubs in the process of growth gives a rounded or pyramidal shape. However, they do not cut their hair without the need for planting, since it is believed that everything should develop freely and naturally, filling the space around.
Flower beds are arranged in the form of arabesques. The motive for them can be a monogram with the name of the owner of the site or a symbol that evokes fond memories. Most often, arabesques are performed on a slope, although they look great on a flat surface.
Plants are chosen with a bright contrasting color, clearly visible from afar and remaining decorative for a long time.
The sizes of arabesques depend on the area of the entire territory or a specific area. Often the same arabesque motif can be repeated in all chor-bag.
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© Author: Tatiana CHEREPKO, landscape designer,
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