Types of residential garden designs?

muerAugust 31, 2010


Last year I recorded some of the best designs I saw on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. All the designs followed certain rules. I wrote a document showing the arrangement the plants follow can be constructed as a type of tic-tac-toe game .I have included the link to the document below. The goal in the floral arrangement style I saw seems to be to create as much contrast as possible.

Even though the above may be a predominant design style, I am sure there is not one standard floral arrangement style. Maybe this style is to western, etc. Are there other floral arrangement styles out there?

Michael O.

Here is a link that might be useful: Chicago Magnificent Mile Style

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catkim(San Diego 10/24)

Hmmm. The ultimate reductionist landscape theory? Less is less in this case. You reduce the Miracle Mile's (best? isn't that subjective?) landscapes to boxes with x's and we have no connection to the beauty produced by nature as manipulated by man. Sure would have been instructive (as well as lovely) if you had included some photographs to illustrate your charts.

It would seem you have a fascination with patterns. Take a close look at a pineapple, just for fun. And maybe a coning cycad. Or the seeds in the center of a nice big sunflower. Fibonacci.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2010 at 1:37PM
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Why does your plan title indicate "residential" gardens when the models were taken from commercial sites? I think I get it, but adapting a 4 type plant scheme from a store front planting strip to my 2/3 or so acre would leave me wanting.

Heavy use of annuals. "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."
Wm. Shakespeare

    Bookmark   August 31, 2010 at 2:42PM
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Catkim: Yeah, the residential and commercial point was a good one, there was a heavy use of annuals. I was assuming that commercial landscapes would carry over to residential, but that is too huge of a assumption/leap to make.

Duluth: You are right, those designs probably wouldn't be scalable to 2/3 of an acre. I put residential design to suggest 'small', but we all don't have small yards. The "best" designs is indeed subjective but I included around 12 designs and left out around 4 or 5 - I have even forgotten why I discarded some designs...I know some plots had props like rocks, art, and chimes. But I agree, to avoid confusion or disagreement and provide a better insight I need photos.

Thanks guys. Very good advice and critique.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2010 at 3:37PM
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It looks like a basic "filler/thriller/spiller" container design to me. Containers are often planted with annuals because they are usually changed out for seasonal interest.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2010 at 11:34AM
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