Copse – a thicket of small trees or shrubs
Thicket – a dense growth of shrubs or undergrowth
Grove – A small growth of trees without underbrush
Forest – A dense growth of trees, plants and underbrush covering a large area
Pale – An area enclosed by a fence or boundary.
As in… “Within the pale, we began to see the beginnings of a copse, a thicket of plants looking much like a grove initially that will never begin to be large enough to be a forest.”
When fully planted, it will be a destination in the garden with a path through plantings leading to it and a bench nestled within it providing a place to sit and rest and think about definitions of landscape terms like copse or anything else that comes to mind.
Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’
Spiraea japonica ‘Limemound’, recycled from the front landscape.
With these trees and shrubs in place, the largest bed in the garden begins to take shape.
Next up, patio construction.
Find a nice bench for seating in the copse.
Consult with garden designer on additional plantings in the back yard and to layout the path through the copse garden.
Get serious about a gate design for the vegetable garden.
Look for a fountain for the patio.
Watch the night blooming cereus bloom, which really has nothing to do with the garden design, but it does have a great big flower bud on it and I think it should bloom in a week or so.