Traditional Garden Design in an Odd Shaped Plot - Knowledgebase Question

Manitowoc, WI
Question by brunner53
January 24, 1999
I would like to estabish some brick paths in my garden, and for it to be tradtional to compliment my old farmhouse and antique plantings. I understand the concept of a four square garden plan. The problem is my garden is oblong measuring 44ft x 12 thru 20ft and I can not cut of the little triangle piece. Do you have any ideas to plan it with out making it look retro?

Answer from NGA
January 24, 1999


Why not make 4 10'x10' square beds from the existing plot? You can then either plant the "triangle" with flowers, shrubs or berry bushes, and/or place a birdbath, bench or other ornament there? You can always plant it to lawn or groundcover, too. The best way to figure it out is to use graph paper, pencil, and a good eraser! If you don't mind spending some money, you can always consult with a local landscaper or garden designer.

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