Landscape design is both an "Art"
and a "Science". The Art part deals with factors that influence
how the human eye will perceive the elements in your garden. It
is the subjective side of the design process based on how "most
people" will respond to the way you arrange the softscape
(living things, primarily plants) and hardscape (non-living
elements) in your beds and borders. This process was discussed
in detail in the first eBook in this series, "A
Rookie's Guide to Designing Beds and Borders".
For purposes of this eBook we
will assume that you have gone through a planning process and
have either designed or have had someone else design your new
beds and borders. You should have either meticulous drawings or
at least a rough sketch of your new landscape on hand. This
should, of course, include a detailed list of plants and
hardscape features that will be included in your
new or revised landscape.
eBook deals primarily with the "Science" part of landscape
design. It will address the objective fact that we are dealing
with plants that we must
keep alive in order to achieve and maintain our subjective
design intent. To assure success, we need to analyze the growing
environment, select our plants properly, install them with care
and give them proper maintenance over the long