In those 12 years I know a lot more about plant placement and have some vague ideas on combining plants in contrasting or harmonious ways. I know a great colour combo when I see one but to put it together myself is challenging - kind of like shopping for clothes; I have great difficulty telling how the garment on the hanger is going to look on me. Usually I walk away from clothes shopping early on and I am afraid that is what I have done to this poor flower bed.
Apparently I have also neglected taking photos of the garden bed as a whole and instead have taken individual floral photos. No help to you at all.
I have a great magazine from Fine Gardening titled Plant Combinations which is quite helpful in trying to see the differences in colour. For example, the green family consists of dark green, gray-green, blue-green, pure green, yellow-green, and chartreuse. The colour green is important for me because I tend to ignore it and look instead at the colour of the blooms. I have obviously been missing out on some interesting combinations with foliage alone. The magazine also has numerous photos of plant combinations in contrasting and harmonious plantings. The only criticism I have is that they use mainly annuals in their examples. I am definitely a perennial gal.
So yesterday I started looking back at old photos and in my garden journal notes to pick out approximate bloom times for the plants in that bed. Naturally I could not just stick to that garden bed and ended up writing down every plant I have, which took a lot longer, but may be quite useful down the road. I have just completed an excel sheet listing the blooms by month and have even noted in some cases early, mid or late times for each month.
|source: DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited|
My idea is not to totally re-do the bed by moving everything around (I have no desire to get the pick axe out to move the peonies), but hopefully switch some of them around and maybe take out a few that don't really work in that space and possibly replace them with something else from the garden. Otherwise I can see the $$$ adding up pretty quickly!
As it is only January I have plenty of time to overthink this plan. What else is a gardener to do in a snowy winter?