About The Author

ELLEN COOL
Designer,
PhD Biology / Ethology
Author @ AReasonedLandscape.com

Arthur Schwartz

…………………………………………………………………….A.S.

“As time went by I realised that the particular place I had chosen
was less important than the fact that
I’d chosen a place and focused my life around it.”

……………………………………………………………………Richard Nelson,  Alaska

All the methods and plant materials discussed in these articles come out of personal experience in my own, my clients and other graciously shared
outdoor places in or near Zone 5B on the Atlantic Coast .

The photographs on this website are all
Stone Garden Designs’ projects
unless otherwise noted.

 STONE GARDEN DESIGNS INC.
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Landscape Composition
Residential Landscape and Garden Design, Creation, Restoration.
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Landscape Design Advisory Series

The guidance I have gathered in this series has been provided by the Mentors and Masters it has been my privilege to come across through the many yers. Through my 36 years of work I have used and tested their advice, and whenever pieces of it have shown themselves to be reliably useful, I have considered those pieces treasures and carefully saved them to share in my writing.
Some of these helpful thoughts can be communicated in only a few words and yet are universal and priceless, others are more specific to particular circumstances. I hope that you may usefully call some of them to mind when they apply to your own work.

For the Series of Articles I have written to provide some of the tried and true advice, Landscape Advisory Series, link here.

“Precepts or Maxims are of great weight;
…a few useful ones on hand do more to produce a happy life

than the volumes we can’t find.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca (ca. 4 BC – 65 AD)

When artistic and building principles are considered, the solutions have a greater probability of providing comfort and beauty for life in that landscape.
Knowing some rules can help to provide a safe beginning from which your artistic interpretation can leap with confidence.

Plant Portraits

The particular Plants I have written about in this series have proven exceptionally handsome, hardy and useful for Zone 5B, with outcomes as credentials.

Horticulturist and writer Geoffrey Charlesworth, who always says things well,
explained to me simply, long ago………

“Luckily, there are a lot of plants to be choosy with.”

In the context of my work I have been paying close attention since 1980, being choosy all along the way. The plants I describe in my writing are all among my tried and true ‘best friends in the garden’, and I explain the reasons why for each kind.
If certain ones are wonderful but common sorts of plants, I won’t say much about them, but quite a few of my favorites are rarely discussed and not nearly as widely planted as they merit. I write about them because it seems important that they become more widely enjoyed and so preserved for the future. I hope you may find some new favorites amongst them.

Ellen Cool