Jim likes to use sweeping "S" curves. Jim points out an area where one ground cover is planted then across the stream starts another S curve and another ground cover. The S curves move the eye, the eye moves from one area to another, goes back and forth across the stream, back and forth between the walkways. All of this is important in garden design. There are so many different textures available to us and, at some point, all of these beautiful Japanese maples are going to be dormant. In thinking about the garden in a year round, multi-season faceted way we need to think about what this area is going to look like in the dead of winter. Really any time of year that you come through, this garden is going to look fantastic. It has pretty much every different texture imaginable and all are represented in these wonderful ground covers. There is the round leaf of risonicial, all these nice feathery leaves on many of the sedges, the grasses, etc., then even some really soft, textures with some ground cover junipers. It's a beautiful year round garden. Jim you've done just what you've said.
By Kimberly Toscano, Encore Azaleas,
Photographs courtesy of Encore Azaleas
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