We are sorting out our garden. Does anybody know of any software
whereby I could use a picture of our empty flowerbed and be able to
place pictures of flowers from a database? We could then place and
arrange exactly how it should look and then get and put in the palnts
for real. If there isn't such a thing there should be!
Yes, but I don't have any pics. What is needed is a group of different
flowers of various heights and colours and one can just place them in
the pic of the empty garden and arrange until happy..... Well that's
what I would like...
Three useful things concerning landscaping. First the scrubs and
trees can grow large so distance from you house etc matters. Foundation
planting can hide termites and other critters. Then depending on who
built your house contractors have been know to bury wood and lime when
they back fill. The latter being and issue of termites and possible
trouble for acid loving plants.
I prefer books and magazines.
Be sure to read the 4 th link down.
Garden in shade zone 5 S Jersey USA
Not all who wander are lost.
This is really a superior way to work up a plan. First, in a mature established
landscape there is a much better sense of how BIG things are going to be.
For example: in the city nobody thinks about how damn big that little pine tree
going to be in 10, 20, 30 years or how it will eat the house. Two doors down
got one of those big suckers and I have calculated that when it goes down it
our house! and yet, across the street somebody has planted a little blue pine
ignoring how ugly the big thing is across the street (loses the lower branches
looks nekked). sigh.
People with really great looking landscapes usually have an idea of flowering
as well as the scale of the plants at maturity. So they are good people to go
door and talk to them about their landscape. If they did it themselves they are
going to be delighted to talk about it (fantastic landscaping in the front of the
house is a sign of outgoing people!), and, AND, they will often be ready and
to give you pieces of perennials when they divide. So they can be a source of
The other thing that I do is take a picture of the area, bring it up into
publisher and paste hardscape and little cropped pictures of plants on the top
a feel for what it will look like done. But it does take knowing the plant, how
high, how wide.
I have a small city garden and made mistakes with things like dwarf spirea that
I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE them they simply were too big and were dwarfing and
killing my low growing evergreens that provide some color when the ground is
well... my gardens change a lot over time. I have updated quite a bit of my
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