Landscape Design in the Snow

Let your fingers do the drawing

Let your fingers do the drawing

The snow is melting….maybe…so it’s time to begin making plans for your gardens, which sure beats watching for signs of spring, since like a watched pot that doesn’t boil, spring comes slower when you stare at the ground.

Here’s a plan: go inside and enjoy a grey day by going through your gardening books and catalogues. Make a list of the places you want to change or plants you love and want to add to your garden. Think about places that need color, or spots where you’d like some shade or privacy.

I have a client who wants screening in front of her home, not too tall or too thick. We are looking at shrubs that like sun, will provide some color, are low maintenance, and, given global changes, are drought tolerant. She has Hydrangea ‘Tardivas’ growing already, and we talking about incorporating them into the screening with Viburnum plicatum ‘Mariesii’ (which I’ll talk about another time) and one of my all time favorites: Physocarpus (Ninebark) ‘Diablo’ with its burgundy leaves, disease resistance, and speedy growth.

Grab a pencil and have a fun creating a new landscape design for your home!