Tips on Planting Styles

The type of plants you choose, and the way in which you group them, will affect your designs. Here's a sampling of 6 different garden styles.

Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
lush tropical feel created with yuccas and bananas DK - How To Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Theme Your Planting

Use your favorite plants to evolve a garden style to suit you. If you love large, leafy plants, consider a tropical theme. Summer annuals lend themselves to traditional cottage gardens, while spiky succulents and drought-tolerant plants suit gravel gardens.

Spiky yuccas and hardy bananas, seen here, create a lush tropical flavor.

relaxed plantings typical of cottage garden design DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Relaxed planting best suits the cottage-garden style.

tepee and butterfly friendly plants please kids DK - How To Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

The tepee and butterfly-friendly plants make this garden a haven for children.

modernist design has strong lines and few plants DK - How To Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Strong lines and few plants reflect a stark Modernist style.

circular lawn and grassy borders update yard DK - How To Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

A circular lawn and grassy borders update a traditional theme.

sun loving succulents work in desert garden design DK - How To Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Sun-loving succulents sit happily in this desert-style bed.

Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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