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Melinda's Garden Moment: Perennial Garden Design

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MADISON (WKOW) -- It's not just about the color when planning your garden.  Consider the form and texture when planning your gardens.

Repetition of color, form and texture and massing of plants creates a pleasing flow to the garden. Using more of fewer species increases the visual impact and decreases your workload.  You'll have fewer seedlings to discern from the weeds and less maintenance know how needed.

The big round flowers of the allium are bold elements in the garden that grab your attention.  The repeated use helps guide you through the garden. The vertical spikes of the salvia peak out through the grasses adding a seasonal splash of color.

The mix of tall and short plants is not rigid but rather designed so all plants add to the overall visual impact of the garden. And the finer texture of the sedges and ornamental grasses makes a nice backdrop.

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