Sometimes a sketch is just not enough for me. I am a visual person and really like to “see” things. How many gardening mail order catalogs do you have? I know I have plenty. One day I decided I have enough to spare and started a “cut and paste garden.” This was a great way to truly visualize plant relationships. It took my initial sketch one step further so I could see color, shape, textures … Below is an example of a cut and paste garden for my planned “hedgerow.” I am playing with seasonal interests here (as well as considering good choices for birds and wildlife).
Finally, here’s an example of playing with textures and mingling colors. By the way, because these pictures are from mail order catalogs I can be sure that all these plants share the same needs – sun, soil, etc.