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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Layers Within The Garden

Like an onion, there can be several layers to a landscape. Keeping those layers within a manageable realm, especially if you love to grow things can make experimenting in your landscape very difficult. We know that plants are living things, which means whether it’s a vegetable garden or a perennial border, lots more maintenance and attention is required.

To better manage your landscape, creating a balanced composition of hardscape to softscape can keep this in check but the trick is creating a certain flow. That’s design magic plus understanding what you really want, including how you use your exterior space.

As you know, we love experimenting. Our research garden has a little bit of everything! A favorite archived post reminds me just how much we live and love this daily garden experiment. But remember, this is our business so we have the latitude to overreach and determine what works best in the real world.

Want the ideal way to create balance and harmony within your landscape? Add layers you know you can manage. Entertaining what is beyond your maintenance capacity spells disaster, unless, of course you don’t mind a bit of the mad scientist stuff happening in your landscape. Sometimes that means a messy lab with loads of great ideas bursting at the seams. As Ralph Waldo Emerson reminds us, “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” Otherwise, add layers you know you can manage.

Image of onions drying from our garden by Ann Bilowz

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