Eric feels that though Barbara calls this an accidental garden it inadvertently exhibits a number of
great design principles. For example, the use of the Cosmos and the Obedient plant exhibit the use of a
great design principal - a light plant going into a dark border. This garden is right on the edge of the
street, yet it has a nice sense of intimacy because the garden border provides a sense of enclosure, of
warmth. The way Barbara has used the Veronica to border the pathway is inviting. It basically lures one
into the garden. She has created very nice focal points with the Salvia and Echinacea in the back, the
nice tall vertical plants draw ones eye into those sections of the garden. And, her use of three's to
anchor the garden is spot on. The ornamental grasses exhibit that design principal perfectly. Barbara
doesn't know why she always buys plants in threes but usually does. It just seems to her that it looks
better than one's, two's or even fours. Eric thinks the best alternative to turf anywhere is a beautiful
garden and Barbara has done that here. It's fantastic.
Steve Asbell, freelance writer, blogger and illustrator.
Photographs Steve Asbell
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