Pick The Plants, Perfect The Garden

Once you’ve decided on the overall style of your garden–whether formal, semiformal, or naturalistic–define, divide, and conquer should be your design mantra. Following these three principal steps of landscape design will make the process of laying out a garden, which can seem overwhelming at first approach, much more manageable, successful, and enjoyable, says Meredith Jackson of Meredith & The New Yorkie.

Step 1

ptp“Frame” your garden by defining the landscape’s outer boundaries. Any landscape, no matter its size, needs concise definition to be visually effective. A landscape without a boundary is like a painting without a frame: Even the most exquisite canvas looks better with the proper border around it.