Melinda's Garden Moment: Perennial Garden Design


      It's not just about the color; consider form and texture when planningyour gardens.

      Repetitionof color, form and texture as well as massing of plants create a pleasing flowto the garden.

      Usingmore of fewer species increases the visual impact and decreases yourworkload. You'll have fewer seedlings todiscern from the weeds and less maintenance know-how needed.

      Thebig round flowers of allium are bold elements in the garden that grab yourattention. Repeated use helps guideyou through the garden.

      Vertical spikes of salvia will peak out through the grasses, adding a seasonalsplash of color.

      Themix of tall and short plants is not rigid, but rather designed so all plantsadd to the overall visual impact of the garden.

      Andthe finer texture of sedges and ornamental grasses makes a nice backdrop.

      Use the same principles when designing gardens in the shade. The bold leaves of shade tolerant perennialslike Hosta, Ligularia and Rodgersia create a focal point in the garden. The finer textures of the shade tolerantsedges (Carex) as well as Japaneseforest grass (Hakonechloa) are a nicecontrast to these. Use spiky flowers ofAstilbe and Bugbane (Actaea formerly Cimicifuga) for vertical accents.

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