To help me (and my clients) envision what a design will look like in the ground, I like to use a simple tool. I create a montage of photos of the selected plants in an arrangement similar to the plan. My goal isn't to try to make the montage exactly like the plan, but rather to get a quick picture of the plants in relation to one another and in the overall picture. I have fairly good visualization skills, but the people I'm explaining the design to often don't. And I find that it's very helpful to me as well. The complexities of a planting design are difficult to keep in your head and I often find myself rearranging things a bit based on the montage.
A rendered drawing could provide a more accurate depiction, but who has the time for that kind of detail? There are some drawbacks - the montage shows everything in peak bloom at once, which will never happen in reality. If you have an extensive photo library and the time, you can prepare seperate montages for different seasons.
The montage shown above depicts the plants in the sketch plan in my Choosing the Perfect Plants post. Did anyone notice that I forgot to list Siberian Iris in the plant list in that post (noted as IS on the plan)? Notice that the photos are arranged in a casual representation of the shape of the planting bed. Did I mention that this is only a quick picture?
For posting, I've only used photos I've taken, so the plants aren't the exact cultivar and the Siberian Iris doesn't have flowers, but I think it's a helpful representation for planning purposes.
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