planning a new garden
I have sketchbooks full of drawings, for jewelry, paintings, gardens, etc., scrapbooks and files full of clippings and ideas, photos of gardens and a library full of art and garden books that I refer to all the time.
I usually have an idea/vision of how I want a new bed to look, where it should fit in with the rest of the garden, and plan and draw it out, marking spots for new aquisitions way ahead of time. Sometimes it takes several tries before I get it right in my head, and then when I actually have the plants in my hand, it gets changed again as I plant it, just like with my jewelry, beadwork, paintings and other crafts.
Sometimes I just have the barest idea, and it develops as I work. Quite often this works out better than planning each detail in advance as you never really know how something is going to look until you get there. On occasion I'll study something for a while, then put the project in the back of my mind until inspiration strikes and it all comes together.
How do you plan and lay out a new hosta bed/garden? Do you sketch it out, plan where each new plant should go, choose each hosta to fit your design, pick out companion plants before you lift a shovel, or just order the ones you covet and work them in someplace, planning as you go?