Landscape Planning on our Flower Farm

Christmas…winter…it’s cold and we’re spending our time improving the inside of our home, but all work and no play isn’t a good plan, so I thought I’d get started on the landscape.

Great, but… I honestly don’t know where to start!

In the past, I’ve put in some bushes and perennials in home-hugging flower beds, but I’ve never had a plan of attack. At our new home, there are long-established beds–lots of them–and I don’t want to add too much without organizing what I already have.

Thus far my “landscape plans” have consisted of nice square garden plots full of herbs, veggies, and flowers. (Mostly based on square foot gardening, which fits in nicely with my trend of overorganizing every element of my life). My largest garden, when we lived in Appomattox Virginia, consisted of nine 4’x4′ raised beds. It was easy to plan — I used graph paper, each square was a foot, and all was well.

Our newly purchased 5.5 acres has round beds, oval beds, square beds, rectangular beds, baseball-infield-shaped beds — a lot of beds in a lot of shapes.

Hopefully I can spend the winter getting some plans down on paper in between pulling down faded wallpaper, skim coating walls, and rearranging furniture.

*** This site is comprised solely of the opinions of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She works to promote gardening and tourism in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.***

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