Garden Design, Take Two

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Garden Design, Take Two I installed this landscape last year so what am I doing here today up to  my knees in dirt?  Several things contributed to my work in this  beautiful garden today. Let's start with my part as the architect.  We  designers are always trying to balance our client's desire for immediate  landscape look  with the budget and the knowledge of how those plants  are going to fill in.  There is usually some compromise that occurs.  I  often do a little over planting if my client wants a "finished" look  quickly.  The other thing I noticed on this job was that I had a great  idea to play with some plants on both sides of bamboo that looked great  initially but didn't when the plants grew.  As a designer it is  important to take risks because often that is what can lead to  brilliant and innovative gardens.  It also means that sometimes it doesn't work out exactly how you envisioned it.



  1. Silvania  October 23, 2015

    color does not play a big part in fengshui. the only irmaptont thing to remember is to be careful where to put the color red, as in a big red wall, because red tend to magnify both good energy as well as bad energy. so for example based on flying star theory, an area has an energy tending to have more fire, if you paint red there, either you have fire literally burning your house down or the person living there will have a heart attack, bec fire is also illnesses related to the blood and heart.References :

    • Shelley Sparks  October 23, 2015

      Thank you for your comment however I disagree that color doesn’t play an important part in Feng Shui. I do agree that you must be careful how to use it. That is why I wrote the book, Secrets of the Land, Designing Harmonious Gardens which is available on my website or Amazon.


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