Suggest some Garden Design books
Need a little help.
I have been planting different bulbs, annuals and perennials in a sunny garden area for the past few years. Mostly experimental to see what would do well in this particular area of my home.
I have experimented and learned what I want from the area, how much maintenance and the yearly expense I am willing to put into the area. I am also keeping in mind that this area will be mimicked further out from the house in a few years when we are able to terrace a steep corner of our front yard.
I am just not sure how to layout the plantings.
I have a tendency to plant in rows, symmetrical thus a formal look, I know I do not want strict formal look. I have tried my hand at planting in drifts and over compensate and plant too haphazardly.
I am still in the planning/experimental stage, hoping next year I will have a complete planting list if my experimental plants this year work out.
I have checked out a few gardening books but still on paper (top view and side views) the designs look like a nursery dumped their left overs in front of the house.
I know with books there are always some better then others, so any suggestions would be appreciated.