"What greater delight is there than to behold the earth apparelled with plants, as with a robe of embroidered worke ... "

 — John Gerard, The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes, 1597

Plants define the character of a place with structure, color, and texture. Whether providing support for an eroding bank or decorating a terrace, they must reflect the requirements of both the site and the client. Gardens can be designed around a time of day - breakfast, for example, or the cocktail hour. Woodland plantings can be as striking as a formal perennial border. What could be lovelier than a mass of white bleeding heart at the edge of a clearing or oriental lilies sparkling in a mass of ferns...?