Necessity is indeed the mother of invention, and circumstances shape our preferences and thus our plant collections.
Spring is the time to prepare for fall, so this month is a good time to think about your September garden.
As I look at my fall garden, I am reminded of the plants that persist year after year regardless of both neglect and challenging weather conditions.
Survey your garden and try to imagine it in spring and summer, and identify dead spots and relocate new perennial divisions to those.
When we consistently plant the colors we like, it usually happens that the color scheme pleases us overall.
Contour planting is also popular along highways, in public parks, and in private gardens as a method of conserving water and avoiding water pollution.
Garden designers suggest that a third of garden plants should be evergreen so that there is winter interest.
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.