We sometimes see a plant with an elongated, smooth and usually skinny, trunk with a round mop of foliage at the top.
The fall is a good time to plant trees and shrubs, and it is fun to cruise the aisles of stores and nurseries to see if there are good deals available.
Walls of plants, both indoors and out, are trendy, though they were actually featured by the Brazilian designer Roberto Burley Marks over 100 years ago.
When we consistently plant the colors we like, it usually happens that the color scheme pleases us overall.
Pergolas provide not only walls, but also ceilings, with the possibility of plants growing between the series of horizontal beams, to create shade.
Classical Italian gardens are usually formal and constructed symmetrically with intersecting pathways, a central fountain and clipped topiaries and hedges.
Japanese garden design is well known for its focus on different shades and textures of foliage, with a minimal use of flowers.
We can learn more about the use of color in the garden from the designs of famous Brazilian landscape designer, Roberto Burle Marx. Learn more...
Since the 14th century, there has been an ongoing debate about the relative values of "nature" versus "art" in garden design.