Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Landscaping as Art

My mind has been full of the shapes, colors, textures and seasonal interest of plants. We are replacing the plants and huge amounts of pachysandra in our front yard. Thinking about the way to design a fairly large space has had my head swimming.
There are so many similar design elements to think about that it's been interesting to figure out what to plant, and how to layer the plants. Leaf shape, height and width, deciduous or evergreen...colors - so many variables and trying to visualize the final result, is as challenging as creating art.
I haven't been in the studio because I've been reading books about landscaping, visiting nurseries and friends' gardens, and dealing with living in Zone 4-5 and the plants that will grow here. The first decisions have been made and they start planting tomorrow...I'll post some before and after photo's soon. If you have a favorite plant, shrub, grass or perennial, let me know. The Old English Roses are a sure thing!


  1. Hi Jeanne,
    My old stand by are hosta plants. They come in a vast array of sizes, colors, and textures.I have a lot of shade in my garden and they thrive there.

  2. Hi Laura,
    I love hostas, and we've put in some Blue Angel's. We have full sun, so some don't work. Heuchera's are a favorite, and we have some in purples and a new one - "Obsidian" that looks black. I plan to put it around a dwarf blue spruce and see how it looks.