Monday, February 15, 2010


Each garden room should have a cone shaped evergreen. Bringing eyes to the sky.
Honestly, dahlings, I don't make this stuff up.
More honestly. It was the hardest rule to get right. Done correctly cone shaped evergreens appear serendipitous. Lagniappes.
Ha.................! Anything but.
Cone shapes, mostly, are inherent in what you've already designed. If not, they're balanced symmetrically/asymmetrically with house or trees or garden room or, or, or.
They will feel right.
Study pics of landscapes using cone shaped evergreens correctly. Study-study-study. It took me years to get this right.
Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
Pic taken in my garden last Thursday. The cone? 2 Italian cypress planted with rootballs touching, beginning in 1 gallon pots. (Proof I'm patient, ha.) Songbirds love nesting in these cypress.
Studying cone use in Italy it's obvious their style won't work in USA. Why? Don't know. Whenever I see a USA landscape copying an Italian landscape with lots of cones they look stupid. Hmm? Anyone know why?


Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I've loved the photographs of your garden in the snow. Pure magic. And you are so right about the cones. Great for Christmas lights, too!

Mary Jo said...

I suspect that cone-shapes in the U.S.look out of place because we have no natural landscapes with narrow cones, whereas in Italy, the hillsides are dotted with cones so they feel "of the place". Same reason why white gravel driveways look so out of place in Vermont and natural in Naples, FL.

Queenplinker said...

That is beautiful!
I wish we could grow more of a choice of conifers in the South. We make do with magnolias. Just not the same in winter ;0)