The Garden Guide

Book: Colour schemes for the flower garden
Chapter: Chapter 18 Form in planting

Thinning and design

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In planting or thinning trees also, the whole ultimate good of the effect will depend on this sense of form and good grouping. If these qualities are secured, the result in after years will be a poem; if they are neglected, it will be nothing but a crop. I can imagine nothing more interesting than the guiding and part-planting of large stretches of natural young woodland, with some hilly ground above and water at the foot. As it is, I have to be content with my little wood of ten acres; yet I am truly glad to have even that small space to treat with reverent thankfulness and watchful care.