Category Archives: Garden Design Principles

Planting a Garden Room on Your Property

The idea of dividing the outdoor space around your home into what the horticultural world is calling rooms has really been around for hundreds, maybe thousands of years; even though it seems to be a trendy and new concept. As … Continue reading

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Design a Rock Garden with Different sizes of Stones

When I moved into my home in 1990, I was left with a large amount of crushed stone (4 to 5 inches deep), set on top of many feet of sand that surrounds my house. It was probably some kind … Continue reading

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Siting a Garden Shed on Your Property

Siting a garden shed, or even a gazebo, garden pavilion or pergola on your property instantaneously will give you a focal point to look at. If sited right, it will add tons of visual value to your property. If done … Continue reading

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Distance Foundation Plants from your House when Planting

Planting bushes along the front, sides and even back of your house helps to visually tie the house to the land that surrounds it. The foundation plantings, have a way of softening the transition from the rolling lawn, to the … Continue reading

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Some ideas about Planting Trees by your House for Curb Appeal

When getting ready to purchase a tree(s) to plant on your front lawn, or other parts of your property, the tree’s height, when mature should be taken into consideration. The right sized tree can set off your house and landscape, … Continue reading

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Looking at Evergreens in the Garden

Evergreens to me provide the most interest in the Winter garden, and are really the backbone or foundation on which a really nice year-round garden is built. They can be planted along with herbaceous perennials in the garden, to add … Continue reading

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When designing a Shade Garden, think Focal Point, Plant Color, and Shapes of Leaves

When I think about what goes into making a good shade garden, three things come to mind. #1 a Focal point(s) man-made or natural. #2 Plant Color to add light to the garden. #3 Shapes of Leaves for variety and … Continue reading

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Stagger Plant heights when Planting (Designing) a garden.

Oh to many new gardeners want to plant (design) gardens as if plants were stair steps. In the back row they want to site a plant that grows, let’s say six-feet tall. In front of it they want to plant … Continue reading

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Colored Foliage adds that WOW FACTOR to a garden!

My garden, here at Whimsey Hill House starts blooming in April, is a wonderful sight throughout the summer, and is done blooming, cut back, and run over with the lawn mower by the middle-end of October. I have perennials and … Continue reading

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How to Plant (design) a garden. Mass versus Specimen planting.

] “When most people go and plant (design) a garden, they don't think much about mass versus specimen planting. I come from a long line of gardeners whose personal style of planting, I would call “fruit salad”. A lot of … Continue reading

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