garden design

Got Rocks?

– Posted in: Garden Design
whimsy frog pond

I've got one of those gardens where digging a five-gallon hole means removing ten gallons of rocks. I can't sink a spade without hearing the clang of steel against stone.  Gardening for me is sometimes more like mining. But I've come to an accommodation with stone. I had to. If I couldn't find a way to make [...]

Punctuating The Garden

– Posted in: Garden Design
wr seating spot

Hah! I bet you thought I'd be posting about exclamation points! Exciting stuff! Focal points! But no, today I shall focus on the lowly, misunderstood, but oh-so invaluable comma. Let's think for a moment about its role. According to Wikipedia, "the comma is used in many contexts and languages, principally for separating things." So what exactly [...]

Making a Photo

– Posted in: Garden Design, Garden Photography

It is not just unfair to most of my fellow garden bloggers that I get to work in my garden on January 17, the real agony is that I write about it.  I hear of frigid temps out there beyond California. The shrub border that runs along my driveway ends by my office with 6 [...]

Garden Design in the Round

– Posted in: Garden Design, Garden Visits

Going round in circles can be a good thing if we're talking about garden designs. In an earlier post I spoke about my passion for using geometry in design and how strong shapes lend their character to a setting and form a structural element so sturdy that it frees you to use almost any type of planting. The [...]