Last week we planted about 35 trees and over 100 shrubs – a third of the trees and shrubs And oh my goodness they sure do disappear on the huge site!
The plants won’t reach anything like their mature size for several years – so when I did the plans I laid everything out at their mature size. For example, if a Maple tree will have a 50’ canopy, that’s what I showed; I have them planted about 50′ apart. But right now that maple has a 6’ canopy. So most of the space around it is still empty. If I plant them closer together, sure they’ll look better now –and then very soon they will be too crowded and I will have to move or remove them. I don’t want to do that – and I can’t afford it.
I’m realizing how difficult it must be to be a client, with little or no ability to visualize the final size of plants. I’m going to be a much better designer after this…at least much better at managing my clients’ expectations.
I’m remembering one large garden I did – a couple of acres – and I surrounded the house with ferns and Fothergilla, spaced appropriately. The client kept thinking the plants were dead, or unhealthy, or too small. For two years I heard this litany of worries. Until the third year, when everything just exploded. They had finished growing their roots – and now were spectacular above ground! The ferns completely covered the ground. The Fothergillas set among the ferns were huge, flowering generously, becoming rich red/orange/russet in the fall.
Now I get photographs from them every year, not of tiny, undersized sad little plants, but of lush plants that frame the house luxuriously.
And so mine will be. Patience Cynthia.