Design your landscape for winter & it will be pretty all year. Design for May & you're apt to have only May be beautiful. Peonies, foxglove, clematis, roses, hydrangea, verbena are fabulous but they don't pay the rent.
2 weeks ago, above, in my sweet little garden. A sideyard exposed to a culde sac of neighbors.
A reality I've chosen to obliterate. A tiny garden rich in garden rooms. Yet it lives big.