Gardening design challenge: The triangle
This photograph doesn't show what's "really there" -- or else it does -- because the iPad's low-resolution, wide-angle lens -- shows a lot more driveway and problem area than is "really there." Either that, or my eyes, and possibly my heart, are focusing on the beautiful parts and helpfully airbrushing the ugly bits away. Anyhow:
One thing I've kinda sort learned how to do this year is think in three and even four dimensions about flower gardens. (There is probably also three dimensional thinking to be done about vegetables and trees, but other than growing Scarlet Runners up the remaining Evil Norway Maple, I haven't done that thinking yet.) The result has been to create vistas instead of beds. (I can't claim any credit for thinking this way; rather, I did the planting and only later figured out what I had been doing. That happens a lot to me in gardening, and I like good outcomes that don't necessarily come from perfect information at project start. "Oh, so that's what I was thinking!" There's also probably a book, or even a thought collective or two, that has terminology for this material, but if there is, I don't know about it. Readers?)
From the photo, you can see there are three possible vistas, determined by pedestrian walkways: The sidewalk, the driveway, and the stone dust path that I built earlier this summer. These three vistas form the triangle of the post title.
You can also see that the plants -- there are 11 kinds, but there are many more that aren't labeled, starting with clover under the zinnias -- are divided into two categories: High (green) and low (blue). You will also see that from two of the vistas, the sidewalk and the driveway, the high plants, being placed more toward the middle of the triangle, are behind the low plants, which are placed more toward the edges.
This arrangement inherently creates a tiny, dynamic drama for the pedestrian, in that, just as from a moving car, objects on the horizon appear move slowly if at all, and nearby objects quite rapidly, the filberts and the geraniums (say), which are high and farther away, appear stationary with respect to the zinnias, which are low and close -- with respect to a pedestrian on the sidewalk.
UPDATE The vista concept includes the dimension of time because it considers the pedestrian in motion. But the time is very short. I had in mind seasonal time, where some plants cycle early, some later, some still later.
I'm sure there are less clumsy ways to express this, but I have to catch a bus to my eye doctor.
So quick question:
Look at that hideous problem area, full of weeds (unwanted plants). What should I do with it?