Types of Plant Families

Learn the differences between various plants and discover the features that will best suit your garden.

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Country Style Garden Fence and Gate

A classic picket fence and gate are painted a soft gray to complement the perrenial plantings in this cottage garden.

Trees Add Height and Add Shade to Garden Design

Create a garden design based on plants from similiar plant families for a uniform look, such as trees, which lend height to the garden design.

Shrubs Form Backbone of Garden Design

Create a garden design based on plants from similiar plant families for a uniform look, such as shrubs, which form the backbone of the garden design.

Perennials Multiply to Form Large Groups

Create a garden design based on plants from similiar plant families for a uniform look, such as perennials, which live for three or more years, reappearing each spring.

Grasses Produce Straplike Foliage from Stems

Create a garden design based on plants from similiar plant families for a uniform look, such as grasses and bamboo, which produce straplike foliage adding visual interest to garden.

Overlay Labeling for Spring Bulb Grouping

Overlay labeling flowering tulip bulbs in a spring garden fired up with hot colors that include reds, pinks, and red orange varieties.

Summer Annuals Grow Fast and Cover Bare Ground

Create a free flowing mix of annual flowers of all different colors, sizes, and forms. Use the design basics of color, texture, scale, and form to create a visually appealing annuals garden.

Climbers Climb Structures Seeking Light

Create a garden design based on plants from similiar plant families for a uniform look, such as climbers, which need a trellis or support and give the garden a cottage or country look.

Water Plants Live In and Around Water

Create a garden design based on plants from similiar plant families for a uniform look, such as water plants that grow in moist soil, the edge of water, or aquatics which grow in the water of a pond.

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