Friday, 1 February 2008

Artfully planned decay

'the real test of a well-composed garden is not how nicely it blooms but how beautifully it decomposes' Piet Oudolf

The man has a good point...

I admit I have long been a disciple of Piet's approach to planting design. When composing a new scheme, I start with a backbone of plants that will give structure to scheme throughout the year, even in the dead of winter - such as hedges, grasses and evergreens

I then begin to add in smaller shrubs and decidous plants, before finally adding the wow plants, the ephermeral layers of flowering perennials - the icing on the cake.

Read the full article in the New York Times


Garden Wise Guy said...

Very sweet photo to "animate" your design idea. BTW: thanks for "faving" my blog at Technorati. I'm honored.

I share your approach to getting a backbone established. My philosophy is that every garden needs to be beautiful, functional, and sustainable, and getting the fundamental structure of planting pinned down is where it all begins.

johnseo said...

Thanks for the gardening hydroponics article, we will add to our hydroponics garden blog, thanks Jeff Hydroponics

Floraselect said...

yeah sweet photo but where do you think is the best garden shop in the UK. I run and I am always looking of ways to improve my site can you give any expert feedback.