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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Define

    Add height and define outer edges with earthen berms.

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Divide Space

    Break large areas into smaller compartments using hardscape or garden structures such as arbors.

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Frame Views

    Frame desirable views with short and/or open sections of walls or fences.

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Be Consistent

    Delineate areas with planters of the same style or color.

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Add Interest

    Focus a space with benches, birdbaths, containers, boulders, and sculpture.

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Create Movement

    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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Repeat Colors

    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

    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.

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