Drawing Upon Landscapes (Van Gogh)

Some years ago, when I was working on the design of an urban park in Korea, I needed to develop a number of quick vignette sketches for various proposed design concepts. More to the point I needed to develop a ‘representational method’ that could be utilized to generate such vignettes for the duration of the…

Rosemary Rules!

Excerpted from The Garden in Winter By Rosemary Verey Winter Colour: White White and grey play much the same role as yellow in the garden in winter: soloists rather than orchestral players. In summer they may be massed to stunning effect–I am thinking of the famous White Garden at Sissinghurst in Kent–but in winter we do not…

Rosemary Rules!

Excerpted from The Garden in Winter By Rosemary Verey Winter Colour: Yellow Yellow is the colour which lightens the greyest winter day: yellow berries surprise, yellow leaves glow, yellow flowers are a joy to bring indoors. It is too vital and vibrant a colour in the winter to be treated with profligacy. It is important to position…

Rosemary Rules!

Excerpted from The Garden in Winter By Rosemary Verey Winter Colour: Green Green is the backbone colour of winter. It is too fundamental and comes in too many different forms not to be at the forefront of your planning for winter colour. Green has a thousand shades, from the palest lime to the darkest yew. It will…

Rosemary Rules!

Excerpted from The Garden in Winter By Rosemary Verey Winter Colour Winter’s palette is clear and spare, restrictive enough to curb the excesses of even the most daring gardeners. ‘Colour, in gardening, as in painting’, wrote Gertrude Jekyll, ‘does not mean a garish or startling effect…it means the arrangement of colour with the deliberate intention of producing…

Rosemary Rules!

Excerpted from The Garden in Winter By Rosemary Verey Topiary Topiary, one of the most ancient of gardening arts, looks as decorative in a winter landscape as a knot garden does. Evergreen may be clipped to make an impact, or elaborately sculpted to create a fantastic shape.  You may limit yourself to a pair of box balls,…

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Excerpted from The Garden in Winter By Rosemary Verey Architectural Details The architectural details of the garden–paths, walls, steps, terraces, statuary and urns–play a greater role in winter than in summer. Their main function is to ease the transition between one area of the garden and another, particularly where sharp changes of level occur. They also serve to…

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Excerpted from The Garden in Winter By Rosemary Verey Space, Structure & Pattern IF YOU ARE fortunate enough to walk in a garden which looks good in mid-winter, you will realize that it does so because of its use of space, the patterns created by its paths and walls, the shapes of its shrubs, the shadows of its evergreens…

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Excerpted from The Garden in Winter By Rosemary Verey A Plea A GARDEN IN WINTER is the absolute test of the true gardener. If your garden looks good in winter, you belong to a select band capable of bending nature to its will. If you master the worst that winter can throw at you–ice, snow,…