Garden Design

  The rush from a waterfall and reflections from a still pond are just two reasons to include a watergarden in the landscape.

Planning a garden is a sensual experience. Everything about the garden appeals to one sense or another – vision, smell, touch, sound and even taste. But thrown together it can resemble a mulligan stew. There are many principles that can help make it delectable.

First is a sense of cohesiveness and structure. If an entire property is being designed, a Master Plan is developed, giving the individual spaces within the plan relation to the whole. This also applies to foundation plantings. However, even when planning one small space as a garden, consideration should be given to how it fits into an overall scheme. Then the garden is given a shape and structural balance. Texture, color, repetition, shape, massing and movement are all used to provide interest and variety over the seasons.

The choices of garden styles seem endless. The list of specialty gardens continues to grow, informed by such diverse ideas as culture, formality, childhood, and whimsy to name just a few. A sampling is listed below:

  • Pond garden — large or small, with waterfall, fish and frogs, or a shallow pebble pool with a fountain for sound

  • Children’s garden — easily grown plants and fruits on structures or surrounding a play area

  • Herb garden — in a raised bed, labyrinth or knot

  • Sculpture garden — to surround serious or not so serious art forms

  • Raised garden for wheelchair accessibility — wonderful for herbs, vegetables, succulents, even a miniature railroad

  • Meditative garden — in a quiet retreat with serene environment

  • Woodland or stroll garden — paths through the woods to a hidden bench amidst woodland flowers

  • Grass garden — have your own savanna with whooshing stands of grass and native wildflowers