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USE THESE DESIGN BASICS TO CREATE A GORGEOUS HOME LANDSCAPE.
- Study your site
taking note of sun, shade, soil type, drainage and soil moisture.
- Then, map out your space.
Mark all existing plants currently on your site.
- Study your neighborhood
and consider what design elements would look great in your community.
- Research designs you love.
Get inspiration from other garden designs specific to your region.
- Design with the right plant
in the right place.
- Leave enough room for plants
to reach their mature size.
- Create a focal point
to draw your eye through your garden.
- Add water features
like birdbaths or small fountains to add interest and benefits to wildlife in your landscape.
- Group plants together
for visual impact. Plant in groups of odd numbers with a minimum of three of each plant. In each area, choose 3 to 5 species in broad drifts that repeat throughout the planting area.
- Use a mixture of textures
with fine, bolder foliage, tall fine-textured grasses as a frame behind lower rounded perennials.
- Keep plants in scale
maximum plant height should be half the width of your bed.
- Choose plants to ensure blooms
and foliage provide interest in all seasons.
- Give your planting bed a clean edge
to serve as a frame that accents your planting.
- Consider your budget
Review the time and money you have available for installation and maintenance.