My husband had a chuckle over my last blog, specifically regarding the need to determine an open spot in the yard. "Isn't that obvious?" he asked. Believe me, it's not. People buy plants just because they're gorgeous and for no other reason at all. And so we have the definition of impulsive shopping.... "gotta have it." As a designer, how many times have I visited homes with plants that never made into the ground? Lots. There's just no room or the homeowner doesn't quite know how to make the plant fit aesthetically.
My hope would be that you have already identified an open spot, which you have studied before you go shopping, and now you're searching for the right plant, which leads me to the subject of this journal entry... Creating Contrast in the Garden.
Why are landscapes boring? There's simply not enough contrast between groups of plants. However, having said that... too much contrast and the landscape can become chaotic to the eye. Different settings and whether the gardens will be viewed close up or from far away will dictate the need for more or less contrast.
Next time we'll look at more examples of contrast in the garden. Until then... study the level of contrast you've created in your own yards. Is it too much or not enough?
Welcome to my journal. For over 20 years I've created original landscape plans to help homeowners increase property value and really enjoy their yards. I approach every project as an unique opportunity to develop a work of living art, one that will require minimal care and age beautifully with time. In this journal, I will share some of my field experiences and tricks of the trade with you. Feel free to email questions. Thanks for visiting.