Susan has asked me to comment (rant) on how Gardeners go about their business in their
My biggest suggestion is to come up with some sort of plan, heck, any sort of plan that
looks at the garden/yard as a whole. This is where most young designers and
amateurs get into their biggest problem(s). The failure to look at the whole, as
opposed to the individual parts. Here’s a perfect
example: A gardener goes out and buys another plant they gotta have, they just gotta have it . . . you know
who you are. Then it’s brought home and ??? Where does it go??? “Well, I dig this
up, move this, move this . .. move this . . . then plant that”. Well, maybe that
spot looks good, but what has happened to the rest of the bed? Is there still
flow, rhythm, seasonal effect, compatibility?
To put it another way, to design properly, look at the big picture 1st. Design for the
entire yard, to create the gardens, spaces, and surface areas and how they
connect. Don’t get bogged down in specifics (as they say, “don’t sweat the small
stuff”) That will come when you start to work in the smaller focused
areas. Think big, work big and bold and over the design process the focus of the
work becomes smaller and smaller.
Unfortunately, a lot of designs start small, and the design process is literally crippled, and I do
mean crippled, by the inability to get out of that one small space, or where to
put that one perfect plant. It may be a perfect plant, but without the right
focal point, lead–up and supporting cast, and backdrop . . . whaddya got???