submitted by Jon Kontz, General Manager, PLANT at Shady Brook Farm, www.plantdesigngroup.com
What makes a “good” garden design? Is it plant selection? Is it color? Is it layout? It is all these and more.
Good garden design is not achieved by nice colors, cool plants, or clever arrangements. Good design is ultimately measured by the feeling and emotion that a space provokes and the usefulness that it encourages. This leads to designing using plants, stone and their arrangements as the medium to fulfill a design, not as the focus of the design.
Use the host space as a template through which your ideas are filtered to come up with a style that works in that space and that suits you. Once you have parameters for the design, use plants, stone and natural elements to paint a picture.