Plants want to live with their friends. They want to associate with plants that they like and are like them. If you happen upon a clearing in a forest, within the ring of trees surrounding the clearing there will be smaller trees, shrubby plants, groundcovers, flowers and bulbs. I cannot emphasize this enough: NOT lines of plants. Clusters and groupings, each with similar needs for water, sunlight, shelter.
There are few resources for people with property like mine, I have found. It is entirely possible that there are few people with property like mine, so resources are generally not necessary. The Columbia Land Trustin the Portland, Oregon area, has what seems to be
The gardens of Japan utilize these same relationships to create gardenscapes that are at once highly contrived but extremely representative of nature. There is no place for
Each form exists as itself and the representation of something else. Assymetry–the use of interlocking scalene triangles–keeps the contrivance in check. The makers hand is seen, but it looks like nature. Sounds complicated, but I don’t think it is. These are the principles I used in my last garden: A tall plant, a spreading plant, a rounded plant; together these create a scalene triangle.