Ever wonder how the pros create those gorgeousgardens we love looking at? The process of designing a garden is easier than you think.
Here are 5 strategies often used by garden designers.
First, pick a color theme.
Coloris one of the first things we notice about a garden.
And by establishing a color theme,you create a mood.
Combine hot colors, for example, red, yellow and orange, to createexcitement and drama or mix cool colors such as the blues, the pinks and whites for a softerlook.
After you select the color theme to begin looking at plants, be sure to vary theplant heights.
It creates visual excitement and energy so use short, medium and tall plants,all in the same garden bed.
As you select your plants, employ repetition to make yourlandscape seem cohesive.
This is wonderfully easy.
Pick plants or colors and repeat themthroughout your yard.
If you have a long, narrow border along the sidewalk, for example,plantings cups of hoyas like this will draw your eye through the plantain.
Also use differenttextures.
Mix plants that have different shapes to contrast each other.
A low potato vine,for example, creates a conflict that plays off upright crops like Karl Foerster's featherreed grass.
Pay attention to your plants as foliage, too.
Mixing different leaf shapesand sizes creates a ton of interest.
Here's a bonus tip.
Create interest with colorfulfoliage as well as beautiful blooms.
Purple leaves really stand out in the border andthey look good with just about any color of flowers.
Chartreuse leaves create a fun popagainst darker colors and are especially fun in shaded gardens.