#7 Fitting the "Program" to Your Site
This week, now that we have taken stock of our site and noted it’s opportunities and constraints (another term of the trade), we begin to decide how to fit the “program” into the site. We now know where we need to provide shade from the sun, and screen either wind or sound from our entertaining or meditative areas. Both built elements and plants can be used to modify space according to these concerns.
We have planned for areas of specific use within the garden, and thought about how they should connect with each other for smooth flow through the spaces. We can begin thinking now about vertical elements such as fencing, gates, walls, overheads, and arbors (all built) or hedges and trees (planted) that will help define the boundaries of the garden. We can also think about internal divisions, and using many of these same devices, create “garden rooms”. (More to follow next edition)
A garden you may want to visit this spring is Peckerwood Garden, located in Hempstead, TX. They open the garden to the public several weekends during the year, and the first of the season will be April 1-2. The garden has been evolving for 30 years under the care of John Fairey, whose fine arts background shows in the design of the garden. He has been introducing a range of rare, native plants from Mexico to the American landscape, and they are marketed by the adjacent establishment, Yucca Do Nursery. You may visit both their web sites for more information: www.peckerwoodgarden.com and www.yuccado.com
Plant of the Week
I’m originally from the Pacific Northwest, and one of my favorite plants, both for ornamental value and fruit, is the blueberry (Vaccinium species). Here in the hot and humid south, we must select varieties of the Southern highbush type, or Rabbiteye group. The plants are large bushes 4-6’ tall and nearly as wide. They bear lovely pale pink urn shaped flowers in spring, tasty blue berries in summer, and turn beautiful shades of orange and red before losing their leaves in late fall. They require, however, ACID SOIL, and we have the rare good fortune to have it here in the Piney Woods laid over the Post Oak Savannah habitat of Bastrop County. For information on various cultivars well suited to our area, please refer to The Southern Living Garden Book, available in any bookstore in the area. Or ask at Kimas Tejas Nursery for their recommendations.