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When designing a container garden, consider the color, texture and form of each plant, combining bold colors with softer textures, pairing upright forms with weeping shapes and a using a variety of heights. Create visual interest in a container garden... View Video Transcript
Designing any garden, whether it be a huge landscape or a container garden. Can be a very daunting challenge. Many people have failed at completing a design that they really love. So one way to make that a little bit easier for yourself is to follow three basic principles of design. It's using color, texture and form to create balance and visual interest in your design. Plants range in color from bold and vibrant to soft pastels. Color is a wonderful thing to use in the garden. As you can see here, we have a whole array of different colors available to us, to choose from. When designing our garden of any type. And including container gardens, we always want to think about the texture of the plants. And as you can see here, we have this really great bold, dramatic leaf. Right next to this very soft, airy plant. And when combined together and mixed, each one of them look fantastic. The last element that we want to consider when we're doing any sort of landscape design or container garden. Is to plant some natural form. You can see here, we have a plant that's a very, very upright. And here we have one that's weeping or trailing. When we combine these two shapes together, it creates a lot of visual interests. And a lot of drama in our landscape pairing.