21-day lockdown – Day 13 – Evolution of a garden
Today we thought we’d briefly illustrate how a garden evolves over time.
When we design gardens, we plan their layout with a long term goal in mind, usually 5-10 years. This means ensuring that the major structure of the garden is appropriate for when the garden has matured. It’s important to note however that the changes that take place during that time may necessitate a change of some of the plant species, specifically the lower growing perennials and small shrubs. When designing a new garden, it’s impractical to select shade-loving species – e.g clivias – for a particular area when we know that they are going to be in full sun to start with. Yes, that area may become shady over time – because we have planted a young tree there – but that shade might only be 5-10 years away, so in the interim we’ll choose sun-loving plants, or semi-shade plants, to fill those spaces. Over time though, as the garden matures, those plants can then be swapped out, or transplanted to other areas of the garden that may better suit their requirements.
So to illustrate how a garden can change over time, we thought it would be insightful to see the evolution of our own garden, from the time we moved in, to what it currently looks like now. Unfortunately we don’t have all the intermediate pictures, but it should give you a sense of how a garden can change. It should also be noted that, as landscapers, we have a tendency to ‘try’ different plants out in our garden, not only for our pleasure, but because it allows us to see exactly what a particular plant is going to do in a garden setting. We can then use that knowledge appropriately when designing our client’s gardens. This means the end product below is rather full for a garden!
Overall, the images should help you appreciate how a garden can change over time, and how yours can too if you design, implement, and manage it’s growth appropriately. The truly great gardens are those that are managed on a monthly or seasonal basis, to ensure that they are maturing the way the home owner wants them to. Every garden changes, but it’s the gardens that are constantly worked on that end up looking beautiful.
So here we go: a quick visual of the evolution of a garden.