Features That Create an Outstanding Garden
Great gardens rise up off the earth to intrigue the eye and tantalize the senses. Here are some lessons you can use to make your garden a standout.
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Add height and define outer edges with earthen berms.
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Break large areas into smaller compartments using hardscape or garden structures such as arbors.
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Frame desirable views with short and/or open sections of walls or fences.
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Delineate areas with planters of the same style or color.
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Focus a space with benches, birdbaths, containers, boulders, and sculpture.
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Generate a sense of movement with a dry creek bed.
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Use Bold Shapes
Select plants with presence (for instance, those with bold, well-defined shapes).
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Unify the garden by repeating the same color in different areas.
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Go for Curves
Construct appealing paths and beds with pockets, bends, swells, and undulations.
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Stagger plantings into layers rather than arranging them in a straight line.
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Screen with Hedges
Create visual boundaries or screens with large evergreens or mixed-shrub hedges.