planting a square bed

oldginger_gardenerSeptember 25, 2010

In front of my house, surrounded by brick walks, I have a bed 11' x 9', nearly square in other words. I'm finding it a very difficult shape to design. What principles of design might help me in choosing plants? (I have done a search of this forum, but pardon me if you've already covered this question.)

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Position is everything in this case. Pics?

    Bookmark   September 26, 2010 at 12:49AM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

It would help to know the USDA zone, the bed's sun exposure, and particularly the bed's location/context. Design principles may be abstract, but an actual garden isn't.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2010 at 2:01AM
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The landscape is bigger than the rectangle in which you will place the plants. Everything around that space affects that space and that space affects everything around it. You can choose to ignore that reality while designing, but it is real and will affect anyone observing that landscape (some more profoundly than others)

The dilemma is caused by your subconscious being aware of that bigger landscape while your conscious reasoning is ignoring it. Pay attention to more of what is around the rectangle and it will become much easier to come up with a suitable composition.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2010 at 9:37PM
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If you already have walks all the way around it I'm going to assume a formal garden might be the way to go. Something with a center water feature that is tall like a fountain, and then plan out from that feature. Possible a couple of topiary evergreens for 4 season interest, a rose groundcover for a long bloom season of color and then special plants that you really like placed randomly in the bed.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2010 at 9:09AM
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