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Team Garden Designed, or Team Go with the Flow?

By Trish
January 15, 2012

Some people are born planners, some like to experiment and see what happens. Come tell us what kind of gardener you are.

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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lilies
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ge1836
Jan 15, 2012 6:35 AM CST
Mostly I am a planner,at least as far as pairing plants for a pleasant color arrangement. When the occasion needs it I go with the flow.
I do not plan so tightly that I have to move whole shrubs and rocks.
I am from the school"If it works,dont fix it" along with there are more than 2 ways to solve a problem.
I am not so tightly wound that I cant punt where needed.
This area was as you see it when we moved here in 2007
Photo taken May 2008.All the scots pines are gone( beetle ) the carved bear stands on one stump at the far right.

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4 years later it is a quiet ,pleasant sight from the deck at wine time.

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August 2011
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Jan 15, 2012 1:00 PM CST
I'm similar in my approach, Jo Ann. Do often start with a rough idea of the basics, like bed shape, type of foundation plants, clay soil tolerance, and drought tolerance (especially necessary here!). But it mostly just develops as I go, and from the lesson-learned fallout of my abysmal ignorance in the beginning. Now, I see something I really like, check to see if I can grow it, start looking for similar and/or complementary colors, shapes, and/or textures--and those on sale Big Grin , and it snowballs into a purple and red daylily plot; a grasses, Iris, and sedum curbside bed; or a roses, Dianthus, and clematis decorative fence line. Still have a LOT of work to do to get the Green Amber side yard cleared. Just haven't figured out how to get rid of all that nasty weedy grass stuff without a lot of back breaking labor that I can't expend, or harsh chemicals that I don't want to use. At least I do have most of the Iris and Daffodils dug out and moved, so that will make it easier. But even here, it will be mostly serendipity as to what structure and contents will be put in.
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lilies
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ge1836
Jan 15, 2012 1:25 PM CST
I have developed more of sa system for choosing plants now. I feel less lost when I have a plan. I am not rigid about the plan and believe there should be a few loose ends that compensate for changes in the future.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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Peonies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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CarolineScott
Jan 16, 2012 10:44 AM CST
I do a bit of both,but lean towards going with the flow.
During seed ordering, I think out plant and color combinations.
But then one of them does not turn out or I see something terrific later.
It is all good!
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! The WITWIT Badge Raises cows Region: New York Farmer
Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Kathleen
Jan 17, 2012 10:46 AM CST
I think of myself as an organic gardener as in "happening or developing in a slow and natural way" (M-W learner's dictionary def. #4 under organic). Stan has influenced the gardens with his hardscaping and fences, but with both of us, its pretty much, hey, let's do this - now where can we fit it in? And it has gotten to the point where things, uh, develop if there's room. We inherited a mess with this place - nearly a hundred years of plants placed in rows in the yards and untended for at least the 22 years we rented before we bought - the yards and gardens were off limits to us. We've softened the look considerably, but there are places where we are being beaten back by time and decreasing abilities.

Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
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mcash70
Jan 18, 2012 6:05 PM CST
I like a planned garden with beautiful clean lines, I have tried to do that with what I had to work with, an odd shaped lot, and harsh weather conditions. I can not plan on paper, I visualize how I would like it to look in my mind. I have worked on this garden for 10 years. I am quite pleased with the way it looks but there is always room for improvement. I still move stuff around. Hilarious!
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lilies
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ge1836
Jan 19, 2012 4:17 AM CST
I love what you have done.
The problem solving always intreagues me.
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
Morning Glories Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants Butterflies Garden Photography
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mcash70
Jan 19, 2012 9:59 AM CST
Thanks Jo Ann. I tip my hat to you.
Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
Sunset Zone 13
Charter ATP Member Region: Southwest Gardening Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Plumerias Plant and/or Seed Trader Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Butterflies Bulbs Container Gardener
GardenGuyAZ
Jan 19, 2012 10:03 AM CST
Hey!! I didn't meant ot plant so many pink roses!!! ;) It just turned out that way...but I like it :)


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Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
Morning Glories Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants Butterflies Garden Photography
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mcash70
Jan 19, 2012 10:11 AM CST
Alan your roses are lovely. Smiling
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Jan 19, 2012 10:21 AM CST
Margaret, so are your photos. Thank you for posting.

One can never have too many roses, regardless of color. Thumbs up
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
Morning Glories Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants Butterflies Garden Photography
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mcash70
Jan 19, 2012 10:25 AM CST
Thank you Debra, I tip my hat to you. I'm pleased that you like them. Smiling
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

Charter ATP Member Region: United States of America I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Lilies
Seller of Garden Stuff
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PollyK
Jan 19, 2012 10:28 AM CST
I'm definitely a planner, and Jo (ge1836) is helping me with her artistic eye to get the colors better. Along Pam Harper Color Echo lines.

My type of gardening is a controlled cottage garden, if that makes any sense. I like the blousy, exuberant look, but I want to match things up.

And Color Echoing is not easy, let me tell you, LOL. Right now we're trying to match Oriental poppies with irises, and first you need to get the type of iris right, so they bloom at the same time, we're thinking early tall, or late median, and then the color to match, and of course the heights. Eek!




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Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

Charter ATP Member Region: United States of America I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Lilies
Seller of Garden Stuff
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PollyK
Jan 19, 2012 10:33 AM CST
Those are some beautiful gardens you folks have!

Kathleen, did you find any treasure in the old plants? I would love to see pictures of the gardens before and after. That must have really hurt, for a gardener not to be able to touch the gardens on her property.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lilies
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ge1836
Jan 19, 2012 10:48 AM CST
Trish wrote a few days ago and said my Tip would appear soon.Its how I spend my winter with Picasa and plant images I keep on file. I use a collage to choose colors. I have also become sensative to online website colors that just dont read right. Many sites use a lot of blue when they want Purple flowers to look deep and mysterious.
I know its OCD but thats what you get with me,works for me most of the time.
Surprisingly GREEN Pittsburgh (Zone 6a)
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Dog Lover Birds Plant and/or Seed Trader Bulbs Echinacea Irises
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crittergarden
Jan 20, 2012 1:39 PM CST
I'm sort of an obsessive planner.
But to REALLY do a planned garden, you need to do it all at once, or in significant stages.
And there's no money for that size of project.
So when I moved, I used the upside down type of paint can that surveyors use and I drew out where my beds would be, where the shed would go, and even a little oval brick patio.
I started digging in the centers of the beds and started my compost pile with the sod I removed.
Gradually (as I collected plants) I widened the beds.
Then I finally got my hands on some free, good and flat shale (native) rocks for bed "walls".
Hefted them over the 4 foot fence all by myself, thank you, Blinking
AM still collecting plants and haven't quite got the stones "correctly" stacked yet.
But most of the grass is finally gone. Hurray!
So I started with a full plan, but the execution is very go with the flow.

It's all fun.
Big Grin
SHOW ME YOUR CRITTERS! I have a critter page over at Cubits. http://cubits.org/crittergarden/thread/view/73275/
Name: Linda
Tucson, Arizona
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Morning Glories Region: United States of America Amaryllis Hummingbirder
Region: Southwest Gardening Echinacea Roses Birds Seed Starter Plumerias
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quietyard
Jan 20, 2012 8:24 PM CST
Margaret your garden is perfect ! Absolutely love it ! That is the best lawn ! I love the curving flower beds as well ! Thumbs up
" And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden" Genesis 2:8
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

Charter ATP Member Region: United States of America I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Lilies
Seller of Garden Stuff
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PollyK
Jan 20, 2012 8:36 PM CST
It is really nice. Love the concrete areas. So nice and neat looking. A lot of good thought and work put into that yard.
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
Morning Glories Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants Butterflies Garden Photography
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mcash70
Jan 20, 2012 9:02 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. Thank you so much Linda and Polly for your very nice comments on my garden! Smiling
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

Charter ATP Member Region: United States of America I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Lilies
Seller of Garden Stuff
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PollyK
Jan 20, 2012 9:04 PM CST
Well deserved!

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