Featured Blog: Miss Rumphius’ Rules

Susan Cohan of Miss Rumphius' Rules

Twice a month, we feature a blogger whose site we can’t stop visiting. Today, we’re excited to introduce Susan Cohan from Miss Rumphius’ Rules, a design blog that covers innovative hardscapes, must-have plants, chic outdoor decor and more. In addition for being well-known for her Chatham, New Jersey, design firm, Susan Cohan Gardens, she is a founding member of the Garden Designers Roundtable. Follow Susan on Twitter or find her on Facebook.

1. What’s the motivation behind your blog?
I love to write and have a passion for exploring the creative process. I think the two go hand in hand and my blog gives me a chance to express who I am and what my aesthetic and design philosophies are more fully than anywhere else. Many of my clients read my blog and found me through it in the first place.

2. How long has your blog been around?
Since 2007. Before that I was a regular on several design forums…especially the Landscape Design forum on Garden Web.

3. What are a few rules of thumb when it comes to designing for the outdoors?
The scale is different outside…more expansive so the scale of what you do should be in tune with that space.  Make places for people to gather and interact. Don’t be afraid to consult with a professional—they give great added value!

4. What are some ways people can enjoy their outdoor space in the cooler months?
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about winter gardens. I’d like to focus on plants with interesting bark, plants that bloom in February and also ways to create shelter and food sources for wildlife other than deer and squirrels!

5. What are your go-to places to look for backyard decor inspiration?
Travel, travel, travel. When I get outside my environment, I see things with new eyes!

6. What’s one of your favorite or most popular blog posts and why?
My favorite blog post is still the first one I wrote for Garden Designers Roundtable (before it was actually that) about regionalism in landscape design.

We are such a vast country that I believe we can interpret any garden design or style to be appropriate regionally. There’s so many little things that we can do to be greener, to add to our lives in general by being specific in the garden.

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