Thinking of your garden as a room is the concept used in this garden plan to make this space more approachable. On a small scale these principles are very similar to those of interior design. Decide what you want in the space and keep the design interesting and simple. In this Cambridge, MA property, space was at a premium and at the client’s request we included, a location for garden art, a no mow, pollinator friendly place, privacy hedges and a friend and family patio for relaxing and entertaining. Since the living area is a bit restricted inside, the homeowners benefit from the view of the garden outside and conversely, a cramped garden will seem less so if it is a harmonious extension of the architecture it adjoins.
Plants with form and texture were designed into this Piet Oudolf inspired planting plan. Plants with shape, form and texture that create seasonal interest with seed heads, dry stems and grasses along with color, lend movement and an informal nature to this garden. Groupings of plants by shapes like spires, buttons and globes, plumes, umbels and daisies will eventually create screens and curtains throughout the garden.