In thinking about how to make the fence fit the site better, I have been contemplating different planting options.
In an effort to spare myself the agony of barking up the wrong landscaping tree, I have decided to play out my planting thoughts digitally with the help of my favorite program, Adobe Photoshop.
My mother’s garden helper Carlos suggested roses. So I went searching for a hardy, multiple-blooming roses and came up with New Dawn in pink. See below.
I Google searched images of the New Dawn rose and found an image that looked like it was in a similar environment—i.e., on a fence—and copied it into a Photoshop document. Then I manipulated it to make it smaller and rotated it to make it fit the angle of the fence. Finally, I copied it onto the image above three times and used the eraser tool to allow some of the fence to show through.
The pink is pretty, but I wanted to try a white/ivory option as well. So I went into Photoshop again and adjusted the color, changing roses from pink to white.
Then, knowing how much Mum loved hydrangeas, and had many varieties already on the property, I Googled Oak Leaf Hydrangea and started the exercise all over again. Note: I was sitting at my laptop for the entire process. While I would love to be out there digging and planting, I wanted to narrow down the possibilities.
And, no, I haven’t decided yet, but am leaning toward one of the white choices. What do you all think?