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Practical Elements in Garden Design
Use of space
  • Paths
  • Play area
  • Sitting \eating\entertaining area
  • Strolling area
  • Utilitarian areas: driveway & garage; compost

Suitability

  • Plant requirements
    • temperature range (hardiness)
    • light
    • water
    • nitrogen
    • pH range
  • Maintenance
    • plant susceptibility to disease and pests
    • durability
    • labor
    • availability and cost
  • Edibility of plants
    • food plants and herbs used decoratively
    • poisonous plants to watch out for with children around
  • Botanical coexistence
    • companions
    • adversaries / allelopathy
    • agressiveness
  • Guests
    • Birds
    • Butterflies
  • Predators and parasites
    • Japanese Beetles, Iris borer...
    • Woodchucks, deer, skunks...

The Element of Change

  • Annuals, perennials, biennials
  • Growth & decline
  • Flowering changes (color, height, shape...)
  • Volunteers

Personal Elements:

  • Personality; preferences & dislikes; emotional connections
  • Resources: energy, budget, availability of help
  • Family needs