garden design

The Background On Backgrounds

– Posted in: Garden Design

I'm one of those who believe the basic language of visual design applies to almost any topic or media. The ideas that make a successful garden vignette could also be employed to create a pleasing painting, a tempting textile, a beautiful building, or a fine photograph. There is a design language, and it does boast [...]

GGW Design Lines: Big And Bold

– Posted in: Garden Design

Structure, to me, is all important in garden making. Without it, a garden usually looks wimpy, mushy, and kind of inconsequential. There are exceptions, of course, but I'm just saying. Anyhow, I like using manufactured items from time to time, but feel as if the basic bones of a garden should come from its plants. So [...]

Fun with Focal Points

– Posted in: Garden Design, Garden Photography

Garden photographers just love focal points designed into gardens.  In great gardens though, they present dilemmas.  What is the best angle ?  Let's take a stroll around one of the rooms in Gary Ratway's own garden: Gary is one of those exceedingly rare landscape architects who knows more than 25 plants.  Not only does he [...]

Design Lines: Again and Again

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Hard to say if there's any such thing as a foolproof garden design strategy, but the principle of repetition comes pretty darn close.  The basic idea is simple: use something more than once. And when I say something, I really mean just about anything. You might use two or more of the same container, two or [...]