‘You don’t get dressed by putting on every piece of clothing you like, and you shouldn’t approach your garden this way’
Garden design is like getting dressed; you assemble a style, one you hope suits you, that flatters and is practical enough for you to live in. It works when it is well edited. You don’t get dressed by putting on every piece of clothing you like, and you shouldn’t approach your garden this way either. Too many gardens and borders are made up of every plant that looked nice in the garden centre. This is rarely successful, particularly if you chose one of everything.
So decide on your style – cottage, modernist, jungle, Italianate, Japanese, French potager or whatever – and then choose plants to match. I’m not saying that bananas in a cottage garden won’t work, but grouping plants that naturally grow together is a quick way to effortless style.
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