garden design

Fun with Focal Points

– Posted in: Garden Design, Garden Photography
The secret garden

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

– Posted in: Garden Design
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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 [...]

Container Clusters

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As a dedicated container gardener, my approach to gardening in pots is always evolving.  I wrote about my thriller, filler and spiller recipe last season, and while I'm sticking with that basic approach, I find myself more inclined to create those kinds of combinations by using a grouping comprised of individual plants in their own [...]

Rhymes With Orange

– Posted in: Garden Design, Garden Design
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Last month I started my seasonal orange bender. It being the color of all kinds of wonderful things, from mangoes to sunsets to campfire embers. I can't get enough of it--in the garden or elsewhere.  So I shared some of my favorite flowers and promised a return to the topic with a post on good [...]

Got Rocks?

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whimsy frog pond

I've got one of those gardens where digging a five-gallon hole means removing ten gallons of rocks. I can't sink a spade without hearing the clang of steel against stone.  Gardening for me is sometimes more like mining. But I've come to an accommodation with stone. I had to. If I couldn't find a way to make [...]