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Geometry supplies beauty in this stately garden.
-- A series of squares and rectangles lends calming visual interest.
-- Sculptures and stately containers, such as the patterned pieces in this space, can reinforce a garden's design.
-- A long metal bench provides a spot to enjoy shrubs and trees.
-- Place tall trees and shrubs to shield house facades from view.
-- Showy flowers dress up most sun-loving gardens; this one relies on elegant compositions of shrubs to define interior spaces.
Foliage and trees fill a gently sloped site.
-- Many trees do best under the warmth of full-sun.
-- Curves in this sunny garden bed soften the squares and angles of the house behind it.
-- Sun-loving beds aren't just for flowers; consider ornamental grasses, which often demand full-time rays to reach their full height.
-- Lavender and black-eyed Susans provide pops of color in the garden bed.
-- Plants conquer the gentle slope of this site, filling what would otherwise be a boring garden vista with graceful foliage and blooms.
A show-stopping collection of sun-loving plants supplies front yard brilliance.
-- A parking strip offers a good place to include additional plants and flowers.
-- Give a garden bed a bit of presence with an edging material that provides vertical support.
-- Nearly hidden by showy foliage, lower-height stucco walls offer terraces for plants.
-- Many flowers -- iris, verbena, freesia, daisies -- do double duty: Pretty blooms outside can be cut and brought indoors.
-- Pops of color brighten the ivy-covered front facade of this house.
A lovely collection of plants adds beauty to a yard.
-- Place plants with contrasting colors -- hot purples and pinks versus pastel oranges -- in separate areas of a garden.
-- Edging can be formal or informal; the former, shown in this sunny bed, provide a neater border for a garden.
-- To draw winged visitors, offer a moving source of water, such as this pretty birdbath.
-- Patches of annuals, such as petunias, fill in empty spots in a mostly perennial bed.
-- Strategically placed stretches of boxwood break up large expanses of flowers.
Purples and yellows supply a flowerbed with subdued color.
-- Narrower beds are easier to access from both sides, making them easier to maintain.
-- Repeating plants and colors, shown here in a planting of cranesbill and coralbells, fills a pretty flower border.
-- Mounding plants maintain a view of the rest of the garden.
-- To create a more casual appeal to the garden, flowers and shrubs are left to grow in a natural pattern.
-- The foliage of bearded iris offers vertical visual interest to the garden.
A rippling flowerbed dresses up a garden.
-- Undulating curves create a gentle edge to both the border and the beds in this garden.
-- In place of a hardscape material, a stretch of lawn serves as walkway.
-- A castor bean adds vertical height to the flowerbed.
-- Repeating plants, including delphinium and phlox, supply visual consistency.
-- Annuals such as snapdragons add welcome bursts of bright color.
Hard- and softscape elements complement each other in this sunny bed.
-- Stone columns define the edges of a slim garden bed.
-- A wood fence provides the flowerbed with a bright backdrop.
-- Planted at regular intervals, ravennagrass offers wispy foliage.
-- Large patches of Shasta daisy accent the color of hardscape elements (such as the fence).
-- Purple asters lend pops of color to the space.
Blooms brighten a slim space between sidewalk and fence.
-- A sunny spot is a good spot for a trellis planted with a climbing rose.
-- Matching containers planted with bright annuals flank a home's walkway.
-- Chosen for their height, flowering plants don't obscure the fence.
-- Grouping flowers in threes is a common planting rule of thumb, but alternating plants, as this border does, also offers a visually appealing design.
-- Lights cling close to the ground, supplying security and highlighting flowers.
Tall flowers play up color and foliage.
-- An open spot in a lawn provides a good spot for tall, sun-loving flowers.
-- Most ornamental grasses love full sun. A bonus: They offer good structure during winter months.
-- If plants need more day-to-day maintenance, such as daylilies that require deadheading, put them in front to enable easier access.
-- Many flowerbeds include plants that gradually transition from short to tall, but this flowerbed offers dramatic height all the way throughout.
-- Dahlias and lilies supply bright pops of hot color.
A casual cottage garden distinguishes itself with a loose collection of plants.
-- Oftentimes places to sit or display are separated or surrounded by flowers; here, a table nestles naturally within a bevy of plants.
-- Glass cloches are used to shield plants from cool, early-season temperatures, but later in the year, they provide an interesting hardscape element for a garden.
-- Tall flowering shrubs, such as butterfly bush, supply vertical interest and draw wildlife, too.
-- Another good addition to sunny gardens: herbs, which work well either planted in-ground or in containers.
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