Details in the Garden

rock edge to a bed

A couple of months ago I visited a small, yet amazing garden in central Iowa. I learned something that day:  size doesn't's all in the details.

That same day we also visited a landscape much larger than the one below. It was beautiful, but lacked the engagement. I saw everything at once, rather than enjoying the thrill of mystery.

Always think about the details of your garden, including furniture, ornamentation, architecture, paint, and sweet plantings.  How can you surprise your visitor rather than just giving away all your views in one sweep?

If you'd like to explore this landscape more, here are the last two posts I wrote on the same garden:

A Dog Friendly Garden

Texture in the Garden

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