The first year, they leap. With the proper planning, you can get your garden off the ground in no time, which is especially important in a highly noticeable area like a front yard.
As a garden designer, I have developed many types of gardens: big, small, sunny, shady, formal, informal, classic, and contemporary. I have found, however, that no matter what kind of garden you have or desire, there does seem to be a common consideration: the time you’re willing to spend to get it where you want it to be. Although slowly creating a garden over years can be a satisfying journey, establishing one quickly gives us more time to enjoy the results. This was my goal when I began working on a new garden for seasoned gardener Anne Weckbaugh.
When Anne left her 50-year-old garden to move to a new home, a complete garden was her immediate desire. Though she was downsizing, she still wanted to surround herself with rich beds and borders filled with the many plants that had become her lifelong friends. By paying attention to the structural bones of the garden, the conditions throughout the site, and plant selection, I was able to have Anne’s new garden up and running before she had much of a chance to miss the mature garden she had left behind.