One special interest of mine is in gardens for historic properties (both private and open to the public). This can take a traditional approach using only plants known in cultivation at a particular time, or something more contemporary using a modern design that still retains the spirit of the place.
I have created two different planting schemes for the Italian Garden at Easton Lodge (designed originally by Harold Peto) http://www.eastonlodge.co.uk/ . The first was an interim planting of bold tender perennials in deep reds, mauve and silver (photos feature prominently on this site). A more permanent planting followed in later years consisting of drought-tolerant plants. Both schemes contained plants and design features known to relate to the original plantings of the early 1900's.