Lots of books and articles on naturalistic planting focus on large gardens or public spaces. I'm wondering how possible it is to replicate this style of planting on a smaller scale (1/4 acre or less).

Do the principles for this style of planting in larger spaces remain true? Is it possible to use a wide variety of plants? And, if so, how do you visually strike a balance between legibility and wildness given the restrictions on space and number of plants used?