My client, Sheri Mead, sent me this note from Camas, Washington. What she had to say points out several important garden design concepts:
I thought of you this morning as I got to the bottom of my stairs, turned the corner and was greeted with a happy, bright pink display of peonies in full bloom.
Spring rain does not spoil this flower. I thought back on how much time and effort you put into envisioning the garden from the inside of the house, anticipating what would be showcased at various angles.”
Sheri’s note points to design principles that can make your gardening experience more enjoyable and give you the results that you crave:
- Envision the view of your garden-to-be from inside your home. What views of which plants would make you smile? This is the way your designer thinks.
- Use plants to bring the outside into your home. The pink and white plant color scheme of Sheri’s flower garden matched her favorite room in the house, the master bedroom and sitting area.
- Choose long-lasting varieties to extend your viewing pleasure. Note Sheri’s reference to the special rain resistant variety of peony Carol selected. Remember the possibilities of variegated foliage as in the willow. We used sun tolerant white hydrangea with Salix Integra Hakuro Nishiki ‘Confetti’ willow shrubs and peonies for 6 months of color and winter interest from red willow stems.
Her Landscape Design in a Day included several planting compositions intended for viewing from inside the home. Once we completed her design, the clients were very hands on. I ordered plants and on site I coached her brother Rick on how to plant them properly. Rick also built an arbor room using a design we “borrowed” from my portfolio.
As Sheri said, “Mission accomplished!”