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What actually is "Streets" in Dutch styles ?

Discussion in 'Aquascaping' started by sumer, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. sumer

    sumer New Member

    Dec 6, 2012
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    Hello people,
    I'm about to start a new tank soon. And my this tank is inspired by Dutch style. While reading the articles, many a times I came across the word "Streets". What is the meaning of streets here ?
    Are they just the horizontal rows of plants ?
    And is this Dutch style is just about planting different color and different leaf structured plants ?
    What is the principle behind "Two plants planted near each other should complement each other ?"

    And what if I mix driftwood in this style? Is that called garden style ?

    And what if someone starts making a Nature style tank and mix red plants in that tank ? Will that again be called the "Garden Style" ?

    Hope my questions make sense.

  2. dutchy

    dutchy Plant Guru Team
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    "Streets" are rows of plants which go from front to back, at the same time going up or down in length and width depending on the effect that is to be achieved. The main purpose is to achieve an effect of perspective. At the same time there is a large variety of different size, colour and leaf size of plants, while all plants are maintained maticulously to achieve a garden style layout. Mostly there is not a specific focal point.
    Driftwood can also be used in Dutch scapes although it is not used as the main attraction but merely as a contrast or as a divider between plant groups. Plants should complement each other as not to put plants with the same leaf structure or colour next to each other.

    Nature style is different because it relies on hardscape as the main attraction, focal point or basic layout for the scape. Nature style scapes can use red plants too.

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