If you garden you usually have friends who garden. Which is important because everybody has different gardens and different gardening philosophies. My friend Cheryl and I started gardening at about the same time. Her space is quite different—a more traditional back yard that until this year held a swingset. The rectangular space has shrubs, perennials, and (some) trees lining its perimeter; it is a restful effect.
I particularly like the back shade garden:
And here’s a rose bush I bought her maybe 3 years ago. It’s much more photogenic than any of mine.
Sometimes it’s difficult to really talk about gardening with a fellow gardener. What happens is each one is too eager to talk about his or her own plantings to really listen. But it’s possible in the right context.