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The 66-acre Dallas Arboretum is the perfect destination for Southern gardeners. It's a great place to see new plant varieties because the garden runs trials for the All-America Selections program and also does research with Texas A&M University for the Texas Superstar plant program. Don't miss out on the magnolia allee, camellia garden, and bulb display!
The Dallas Arboretum is known for its collection of some 2,800 varieties of azaleas. Spring-blooming varieties put on a big show early in the season and add structure all year.
Small flowering trees, including dogwoods, redbuds, and crabapples, are a great way to add color and impact to the garden, especially when paired with annuals, perennials, bulbs, or shrubs that bloom at the same time. Think you can't grow them because you don't have full sun? You're in luck: Many small trees naturally grow under the canopy of larger trees so they tolerate shade.
Virtually any plant -- even common impatiens or geraniums -- become showstoppers when planted in large numbers. Mix colors of the same variety for a dazzling effect or try something more subtle by planting lots of a single selection.
Add interest by planting in layers to create bands of color. A hedge of red azaleas, for example, makes a perfect backdrop for lavender-blue delphiniums and shorter sunny-yellow tulips. Choosing dramatically different colors catches the eye; selecting similar colors creates a more cohesive look.
Want to make your yard look larger? Take a long border, walkway, or strip of lawn and slightly narrow it at the far end. Because we're used to seeing things get smaller with distance, this sleight of hand makes the end of the border seem farther away than it really is.
Soft curves appeal to the eye more than long straight lines. So add a few flowing edges to your beds and borders or redo a walkway to give it a softer, more organic feel.
You'll see a variety of sculptures in garden settings at the Dallas Arboretum -- and get ideas on how to incorporate pieces into your yard. From life-size art to something smaller such as a gazing ball or birdbath, or even an old stump with a great shape, a piece of art is a great way to add character to your yard.
Many public gardens, including the Dallas Arboretum, display stunning water features. This vanishing-edge pool appears to drop off into the lake beyond and is certainly a stunning water feature.
Make your yard feel put together by choosing a color scheme and sticking to it. Here, pinks and whites blend beautifully. Or go bold and attract attention by using contrasting colors, such as purple and orange or blue and yellow.
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