I've often read that the first thing to do when planting a garden is to plan everything out. Hardscaping, shrubs, trees, plants, and so forth. But despite my tendency to plan out everything within an inch of an Excel spreadsheet in the rest of my life, I just can't seem to make one plan for the garden and stick to it.
It's never really bothered me, and I enjoy coming up with different ideas in my head. My garden evolves as the conditions around me change (the new houses sprouting up around me, for example).
But today, I was expanding the bed in the backyard (two days post-marathon - my quads LOVE me right now!) all in order to create more space for plants that were too crowded last year. And despite drawing a map last year of where I'd put plants, things weren't matching up.
For example, I labeled on my map that this plant is an echinacea, but it doesn't seem like one to me:
And I found a yarrow growing where I hadn't indicated that I'd planted one.
In addition, I've been impulse-buying bulbs like oriental lilies. I can just smell them from this side of spring, but before they can even grow I need to figure out where to put them and right now I have no idea.
How much or how little do you plan your garden? If you make changes, are they major re-workings or minor changes?