Is a focal point essential?
Is the notion of a focal point an overrated concept? There seems to be a commonly held belief that the eye needs to be lead around or directed where to focus but is this true? In garden design a focal point has its place but I donÂt think it is an essential element and a garden could be quite happy without one.
There is no doubt that a monotonous landscape like the desert or a seascape like, well, the sea is depressing, a palm tree or a whale will provide relief but what you are chasing may be a mirage. To me the idea of a focal point is a borrowed concept that would be better translated as emphasis for use in garden design. I question the need to lead the eye and would suggest that simplicity, variety,balance (harmony) and emphasis that leads to some kind of unity would be a better guide.
At the link below you will find some different opinions than mine.
Here is a link that might be useful: focal point