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

    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

    Relaxed planting best suits the cottage-garden style.

  • tepee and butterfly friendly plants please kids

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

  • modernist design has strong lines and few plants

    Strong lines and few plants reflect a stark Modernist style.

  • circular lawn and grassy borders update yard

    A circular lawn and grassy borders update a traditional theme.

  • sun loving succulents work in desert garden design

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

Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

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