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How to Structure a Garden

The secret to a beautiful garden is form. Read on and find out how to pick the best spot for your buds.

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Perennial flowers bloom for only a month or so, but the plants stick around all year. So, when you’re picking out a flowering plant, think about how it complements your garden in its entirety -- don’t get too distracted by the beautiful blooms. Just because a flower is pretty, doesn’t mean it’ll work in your space.

Look at the size of the plant to see how it fits in with the rest of your garden, and look at the texture and foliage to see what kind of aesthetic appeal it would bring to your yard. Even when a plant isn’t in bloom, its leaves can be incredibly captivating and a great frame for other blooming flowers.

Nestpert: Thomas McClain is a Minnesota landscape designer and owner of GrowWithDesign.com.

-- The Nest Editors

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