The Q&A Archives: design a perennial garden

Question: i have a 10 x 15 ft area (sloping) backed by a fence. I want to design a perennial garden...needs to be okay with limited watering. Help

Answer: The very best way to design your garden is to sketch it out on paper and then make a list of plants that appeal to you. Catalogs are good resources, so are garden design books. Then look up each of the plants on your list and make a note of their mature height and spread. Armed with this information you can start sketching them out on your drawing. Most plants look best when grouped either by flower color or by leaf texture. Use odd numbers for your groupings - 3, 5, 7. When you think you have your garden designed, purchase your plants and then set them out on the ground where you think they will look best. You can move them all around until you're happy with the way they look. Plant and enjoy!

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