Garden Designers Roundtable ~ Journey

Conifers can, and should, be used for more than just a screen.This month on Garden Designers Roundtable we explore the concept of Journey and how it relates to gardens and gardening.

Just as a garden is a work in progress, gardener’s themselves are also evolving and changing. The road a gardener travels on the journey from newbie to green thumb is one that is very personal and unique to each gardener. No doubt your journey has been different from mine.

It’s often said that a gardener’s journey begins with color, a love of colorful flowers to be more precise. Next comes an appreciation for shrubs and deciduous trees. Frankly, for many gardeners, the journey ends here.

But I believe you’re not really a gardener until you can truly appreciate conifers. Until you fall in love with them – for their form, texture, color and their structure and endurance. Until you begin to design your garden using conifers.

Screening can also be focal point or can be used to create a garden room like this yew hedge at Hollister House Garden in Connecticut. Use a conifer as a focal point in a new mixed bed,  like this Hollywood juniper. Garden design by Ken Druse. Conifers are constants in a garden. As the seasons change and surrounding plants take center stage,  this blue spruce anchors the bed. Weeping Norway Spruce

Source: gardenofpossibilities.com

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Some ideas

First, congratulations on your new house!
GardenWeb is a great website with lots of forums for different topics. magazine has some good ideas every month and is helpful to subscribe to when you are starting out.
The Sunset Western Garden Book is also a great book for you to have. If money is tight, you can generally find these on eBay or at yard sales (the older editions are just as good as the new one).
There are a few magazines that have garden designs in them. Go to a large bookstore and peruse the gardening mag section... you are looking for magazines that say "fifty preplanned front gardens," etc

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