Thursday, June 20, 2013

Garden / Site Planning 101

This is some of the best advice I've ever read, all in one post. Please link over. Some of my favorite quotes include:

Good garden design doesn’t put all its trust in zone maps. Take the USDA map at face value and you’re asking for trouble. They’re a good starting point, but too general to be very useful on their own. Microclimates are what really matter – the differences around a single property caused by varying sun exposure, air movement, reflected heat, etc.

Don’t Select Plants Just for Their Looks. Please tell me you don’t buy plants just because they look beautiful. Quoting from my book [Author’s note: If you read to the end, I’ll tell you the name], “Pretty plants are great, but like teenagers, they should make themselves useful.” If your only concern is whether your perennial color scheme matches the throw pillows on the patio chairs, you’re short-changing yourself.

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