Thursday, 16th January 2020 12:45pm

Screenshot of Thomas Rainer talk 'How to create a planting module'

Excellent slideshow and article from Thomas Rainer about modular garden design thomasrainer.com/blog/modular-planting-design-random-by-design. My notes:

  • Design plant communities, not individuals
  • Modular design: discrete, scalable, reusable units: multiple combinations
  • Plant population patterns: based on terrain and dispersal
  • Aesthetic legibility through repetition & seasonal events
  • Dispersion patterns:
    • Uniform
    • Random - does random exist?
    • Clumped
  • Example of matrix (clump & ground cover): clumping Schizachyrium scoparium, spreading Festuca ovina ground cover
  • Plant patterns
    • Matrix
    • Clump-forming
    • Spreading
    • Cluster
    • Structural
  • Good matrix species:
    • Andropogon virginicus / ternarius
    • Calamgrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’
    • Carex sp.
    • Deschampsia flexuosa / caespitosa
    • Festuca sp.
    • Molinia sp.
    • Schizachyrium scoparium
    • Sorghastrum nutans
    • Sporobolus heterolepsis
  • Cluster species - terrain and/or bulbs, spreading rhizomes/stolons
  • Cluster examples: irises, Lily family, Eupatorium hyssopifolium
  • Structural species
    • Trees, large shrubs, some perennials
    • Slightly drifted or truly randomised
  • Rinse and repeat!
  • Chart different flowering dates—different drifts will light up whole planting at different times
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