Showcase a variety of heights to add interest to a landscape. Notice the progression here from ground-hugging perennials to medium-size rock to tall evergreens and arbor.
It's also helpful to mix colors. Stick with two or three main colors that go well together -- like the yellows and oranges here. It will look less chaotic.
Make a Stage
If you've got a focal point, such as this fountain, make sure to create a stage for it. These old window frames help focus attention on the fountain.
Sense of Destination
Create a sense of destination with a path and arbor. Blocking a portion of the path adds a touch of mystery -- visitors want to see what's beyond.
Add color not just with flowers but also with accessories. This blue urn will draw attention all season long, allowing you to pair it with subtle, less jarring foliage plants.
Containers offer instant height, giving this young hydrangea more presence among companion plants. What's nice is that you can switch out plants easily for an updated look.
Sidewalks and driveways are a fact of life. Soften their edges and help blend them into the landscape with sprawling groundcovers such as this creeping Jenny.
Arbors help direct the eye toward entryways and provide a structure for climbing vines. Make sure the style of the arbor fits that of the house for a more cohesive look.
Houses, garages, sidewalks, and driveways usually feature a lot of straight lines. Help balance all that hard geometry with rounded beds, which are more interesting to look at, too.
Light 'em Up
Plants with a unique habit are great for foundation beds. Use uplighting to show them at their architectural best.
Vary the height of potted plants. Here, two stair-stepped mums make the scene more dynamic and interesting.
Find a Friend
Got a fall showpiece like this serviceberry tree? Double the pleasure with companion plants -- such as these mums -- that peak at the same time.
No reason you can't mix edibles and ornamentals together. This leaf lettuce makes a handsome and useful addition to a spring bed. In summer, replace with bedding plants.
Make Good Bedfellows
A neatly clipped boxwood hedge contrasts nicely with less-formal plants. More importantly, the hedge hides the base of the roses, which are often bare.
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