For those of us who love to garden, garden design is a subject near and dear to our hearts. When the winter months deprive you of the chance to roll up your sleeves and dig some dirt or tend the flowers, nothing can stop you from poring through the seed and plant catalogs, dreaming of spring. Plans to put in a cutting bed or create a mini-field of perennial wildflowers dance in your head like sugarplums, full of fun and promise. Without a cohesive plan for your planting adventures, you may end up with a garden design that’s not as pleasing as you’d like.
Most people forget about how trees are the entering argument in proper garden design. They forget the shade from overhanging limbs. They omit designing around tree growth. The don’t ask their local arborists for tips on tree trimming to facilitate new garden designs. They do not take into account the existing tree rot and broken branches.
Winter is a great time to work on sprucing up your existing garden and fine-tuning an overall design while incorporating your existing and planned trees. After all, what else is there to do?
The fun part of designing a garden is constructing your wishlist of plants, from shrubs and trees to vegetables – and beyond, of course! Remember, you don’t need to do it all this year. Gardening and tree shaping is somewhat like a great marriage. It’s a lifelong love. So when you put your list of projects to paper, think long term. Don’t hesitate to include your ideal plants, trees, garden ornamentation, brick pathway, or the massive display of spring bulbs giving way to summer perennials.