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How the pros create gorgeous gardens

Ever wonder how the pros create those gorgeous gardens we love looking at? The process of designing a garden is easier than you think. Here are 5 strategies often used by garden designers.

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First, pick a color theme. Color is one of the first things we notice about a garden And by establishing a color theme , you create a mood. Combine hot colors, for example, red, yellow and orange, to create excitement and drama or mix cool colors such as the blues, the pinks and whites for a softer look.

After you select the color theme to begin looking at plants, be sure to vary the plant heights. It creates visual excitement and energy so use short, medium and tall plants, all in the same garden bed. As you select your plants, employ repetition to make your landscape seem cohesive.

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Pick plants or colors and repeat them throughout your yard. If you have a long, narrow border along the sidewalk, for example, plantings cups of hoyas like this will draw your eye through the plantain. Also use different textures.

Mix plants that have different shapes to contrast each other. A low potato vine, for example, creates a conflict that plays off upright crops like Karl Foerster’s feather reed grass.

Pay attention to your plants as foliage too. Mixing different leaf shapes and sizes creates a ton of interest.

Here’s a bonus tip. Create interest with colorful foliage as well as beautiful blooms. Purple leaves really stand out in the border and they look good with just about any color of flowers Chartreuse leaves create a fun pop against darker colors and are especially fun in shaded gardens.

Expert gardening tip ‘How the pros create gorgeous gardens‘ provided by: Better Homes & Gardens

Will these 5 strategies often used by garden designers help you plan your garden? Have any other garden design strategies to share?

2 Responses to How the pros create gorgeous gardens

  • Great garden planning tips! I plant my flower beds religiously in the spring, but last year, I think it looked a little haphazard. I’m going to take your tip and pay special attention to shape and height. Do you typically put taller plants in back and shorter ones in front?

    • Yes, while planning out my garden, I do try to vary heights during planting, at the same time, keeping the taller plants in the back and shorter ones toward the front.

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