Landscape Design forum: Are you a planner or a plunker?

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Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
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knoxred
Sep 13, 2011 5:08 AM CST
What's your design style? Do you design a plan, install it, and leave it alone as long as everything stays healthy? Or, do you "design by shovel", walking around with a pot and shovel, trying to decide where to cram in your latest impulse buy?
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Oct 3, 2011 11:11 PM CST
I tend to be a plunker, but I do keep in mind whether it is a sun or shade plant, how tall it gets, and how much water it needs. But, in a general area where the needs are met, I just stuck them in there somewhere.
Name: Red
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knoxred
Oct 4, 2011 5:20 AM CST
I'm a mixture of styles. For my clients, it's easy to plan / install / maintain, because I can be objective about it.

For my yard, it's a constant jugging act to fit in whatever I brought home, and make my various plant collections look like gardens instead of a plant zoo. One of this, one of that...whatever catches my attention at the nursery. The idea of ever being "done" with my yard makes me shudder. Half the fun is moving plants around, trying new plants and different plant combinations, and seeing if I can grow plants in a large range of conditions. When I use a plant in a client design, I've already tried it in half a dozen places in my own yard. This experimenting really helps in design, because very often you have a long bed that is sunny on one end and shady at the other, especially where the house casts a dark shadow.
Name: Dick Strever
No.Calif amongst the Redwoods
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Strever
Oct 20, 2011 12:40 PM CST
i place the potted plant in a place i think it will survive & look good
if it is still doing well after a year i dig it in *Blush* Smiling

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gardengus
Nov 1, 2011 5:02 AM CST
I am always just looking for a space to''put'' the plant , I am more of a collector so sometimes I group plants together.

Having confessed that, I do admire a well planned garden and find them very pleasant to stroll through.
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Name: Mary Stella
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Oberon46
Dec 12, 2011 10:49 AM CST
I guess I am more of a plunker, but as things grow and succeed in my garden a try to take a more serious look and 'rearrange'. I have totally moved my gardens several falls. Sometimes sadly things don't survive the move. Fall really isn't a good time to dig up stuff and move it. Not always time left to reestablish itself. But bit by bit there is some order to my garden. And it is a living garden, not static. Always room for a new plant, color, form.
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Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY (Zone 5a)
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Kathleen
Jan 8, 2012 2:19 PM CST
I'm one of those people who puts things, then moves them, moves them again and is always surprised the next spring. I really can't tell you definitively where things are from one year to the next, except for the rose fences, they are mostly roses.

Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Feb 8, 2012 9:54 AM CST
I am a planner altho I do not become anal about it.
I needed to plant a large area in a short time so I made up my own system.of graphs and plastic spoon markers.
I moved here 5 years ago and started to buy plants I loved in my old garden. I put these favs. in the garden area and a year later and a much expanded vision for the garden,I had to work around those first plants.
I like combineing colors "color echoes" using different plants for texture and shape.
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Feb 8, 2012 10:28 AM CST
Plunker, mostly. Even my tiny front yard has a big mix of soils and sun exposure, so I am constantly plugging in and moving things around. Being in the Dallas area, generally only get what at maturity can survive on minimal, if any, supplemental water, but even there I will experiment, like with roses.

Do have a baseline in three of the areas. Sort of skeletal structure to those where Bearded Iris and Daylilies make up the framework, especially in and around a line of Rose of Sharons in tree form growing along the driveway. I stick other things in among them that might work with color and offer some textural contrast. The ROS are the only things the original owners had besides one scraggly holly shrub and a nasty photina up by the house, and a narrow but tall shrub-form crape myrtle along the west property line. Had a contractor dig that last one out to install decorative fence panels and I'm STILL finding pieces of the roots growing back up. I like tree form crapes a lot, but my goodness!

Been wresting something a little more interesting to look at for the last seven years and I don't see an end to that anytime soon. Sticking tongue out
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: jennifer
central nj (Zone 6b)
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flowersrjen
Feb 27, 2012 9:30 PM CST
I am SUCH a planner, on paper, on the computer. I stay up late making plans.... sometimes making myself crazy, though
I love doing themed gardens I have a couple fairy gardens and some color themed gardens, sometimes the plants don't cooperate properly so I change them out. I always go to the garden center knowing exactly what I'm looking for.

WOW typed out like that makes me sound crazy...LOL
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Mar 25, 2012 11:57 AM CST
I plan that way too. Its how I spend the winter. I couldnt garden without plans,files of flowers and plants,maps( I even made my own grids)
Obcessive? Ohhhh yeahhhh
Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
May 10, 2012 11:18 AM CST
I would classify my style as a plunker..I know what I like when I see it but don't always know how to put it together. Last year was my third year of wintersowing in milk jugs. I got carried away and finally stopped at 83 which really isn't that many compared to what some other gardeners wintersow. I'm only allowed foundation type flowerbeds, so I have limited space. When it came time to plant out,;I became so overwhelmed and just Plunked/planted them where I could find a bare spot. I gave half of what I wintersowed away to gardeners that rent garden plots in our Sr. Citizens community. They have a table that is just for plant donations, and when I unloaded all those plants, one lady came over with her wheelbarrow and took most of them. The next day I went back with more and when I pulled up and gardeners saw me putting plants on the donation table, you have never seen Senior Citizens move so fast! It was fun to watch. This year(2012)I only wintersowed 16 gal. milk jugs, but did some seed starting in 4 in. pots to take to plant swap.

Because of my plunking actions, I will be doing some major transplanting and attempts to organize my flowerbeds better in the Fall. Too many plants that have lots of foliage and it looks like hodgepodge.It is fun to see different new colors popping out every few days. I am organized in my mind but not physically and my ADD doesn't help. I have a tendency to get side-tracked easily and not complete projects in a timely manner.
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Name: jennifer
central nj (Zone 6b)
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flowersrjen
May 10, 2012 12:50 PM CST
WOW 83 wintersown plants...
Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
May 28, 2012 5:40 PM CST
Jennifer, that is not very many considering some people plant 200 or 300... I have very limited space and believe me what I have in my beds now is keeping me busy. I'm not sure if I'll even do any wintersowing come Jan. 2013..By the time you buy all the potting mix, you can almost buy the starter plants just as cheap. You've heard of the slogan about "Letting the bus companies do the driving for you? Well, I'm in favor of letting the flower growers/garden centers/nursery do it for me. Of course, it is my freedom to change my mind. LOL!

rickdon
Jun 21, 2012 3:56 PM CST
I think I like to plan out what it is I want to do, but I often find myself making changes during the actual creation process. So I'm gonna say both I guess.
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Name: Clint Brown
Medina, TN (Zone 7b)
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clintbrown
Jul 3, 2012 11:04 AM CST
I plan some; however, the accidental combinations are usually better than the planned parts.
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Aug 1, 2012 9:16 AM CST
Planner here. I plant most everything in my commercial beds, and then when it blooms I look to see what it matches in the existing garden, and move it. No matter what time of year.

It's so hard not only to get plants to color match, but to also time match.

I do also buy some plants specifically for a certain spot, and those go right in.

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Name: Susie
Leonard, Minnesota (Zone 3b)
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4susiesjoy
Nov 17, 2012 6:20 PM CST
I plan and plan and plant it like the plan but then I get other plants and have to find a place to plunk. Hilarious! Thumb of 2012-11-18/4susiesjoy/8da4ee
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Nov 17, 2012 9:42 PM CST
Hi Sue! Welcome to ATP. Welcome!

Love your gardens, good combo of plan and plunk!
Name: Susie
Leonard, Minnesota (Zone 3b)
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4susiesjoy
Nov 18, 2012 5:24 PM CST
Thanks Polly, Smiling
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