Garden Design Ideas

Check out these three garden design ideas for your city or country home for a touch of inspiration.
Plants Chosen Based on Shape and Foliage Effect DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited
Country Setting
The clients here wanted to marry their modern-style house with its country setting. They asked designer Paul Williams for a planting plan that relied more on shape and texture than color. This is one of four matching borders, each measuring 20 x 10 feet.
Plants Used
Phormium tenaxFuchsia magellanica ‘Versicolor'
Stipa tenuissimaPerovskia ‘Blue Spire'
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus var. repensHeuchera ‘Plum Pudding'
Euphorbia x martini (shown cut back)
Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla ‘Black Lace'
Design in Focus
In this design, the plants were chosen specifically for their shape and foliage effect. Plants with contrasting forms are placed next to each other to stimulate visual action, for example, the upright sword-like Phormium against the lower growing Ceanothus. Leaf shape is also considered and the same principle applied, with wispy grasses set against the neat foliage of Euphorbia.
The color scheme is muted with most flowers falling within the blue, purple, and pink range, while the evergreens offer year-round appeal and act as a foil for the skeletal grasses over the winter.
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