When summer is here and our gardens are full of color, it's hard to remember the cold, dreary days of winter.
But let's face it, we live in Maine and more than half our year is winter. So how do we maintain interest in the garden all year? Simple - create a landscape with good "bones".
The bones are the structure of the garden, the elements that remain after the flowers are spent and the leaves are gone - paths, walks, trees, shrubs, benches, rocks, patios, ponds and sculpture.
Most of us become preoccupied with favorite plants or the ones we fell in love with at the garden center. We hope that all the wonderful plants we bring home, placed together, will make a beautiful whole. Unfortunately, what we often end up with is disorganized and lacks unity.
By adding structure a garden becomes solid and grounded, in all seasons, and creates a backdrop for those interesting plants. In fact, the most ordinary plants arranged within a well structured landscape can make a striking garden.
When coordinating the bones of your garden, take these elements into consideration:
For ideas on how to add structure to your garden, please contact us.