A Bed of Greens
A problem I always need to work out is "Land" or "Space." If one is a painter, photographer, sculptor, (sorry to oversimplify) one acquires their materials and goes to work. As a "landscapist" or "gardener" or "architect", you always have to negotiate the land you can do your work on.
Here is the Elmwood and Bidwell Triangle garden. Buffalo, NY. 14222
The garden is somewhat bleak in the winter. Because it sits on an Olmstead designed parkway, the design criteria was simple: create garden simple enough to be maintained by neighborhood volunteers and do not disturb the open sightlines of the parkway (and, build it all for less than $300).
Well. This didn't allow for a collection of specimen conifers in the wintertime.
Yesterday I used a couple trees worth of greens picked up from the curb a few houses down. I took my pruners and went up along the trunk cutting all the limbs off. I laid the branches to overlap each other and lock together hoping they will hold each other in place in the strongest of winds...although, they'll mostlikely freeze in place within a couple days.
It certainly has a clean visual appeal. Bulbs will be coming up in about 10 weeks.
Landscape designer and Proprietor of Buffalo Horticulture