Is good design really that important?
Reading the messages on this forum it is quite clear that many of us really don't know what 'good design' is. I include myself in that group. When we extend the group to include the general public that will be looking at your garden, they probably understand good design even less than a gradener.
So how important is it really?
If you plant a graden with nice flowering plants would not most people conclude that it is a nice garden? As long as it has color, is well maintained, is not outrageous most people would think that you have done a good job even if the colors clash.
I am not suggesting that good design does not make the garden better or that using better design principals will not make the garden look better. My point is that most people can't really tell the difference.
Personally, I am a plant collector. I see gardens mostly as individual plants, not as a well organized groupings. I think a garden is more special if it is growing unusual, well grown plants.
Terms like "grounding the house to the garden" don't seem to mean much to me. I can kind of guess what this means, but can I really say which of two houses is better grounded? I probably do like one over the other, without knowing why.
I also have trouble "feeling" the garden. Gardens don't put me in a mood - or at least I am not consious that they do. I am probably too scientific and pragmatic to notice?
If the majority of people don't really understand good design is it really that important? for the average home owner, are we making too much out of "proper landscaping".