1-CONTRAST- Properly planned and planted plants with color and texture contrast next to each other in a garden bed can add a lot of character to a front yard design. When selecting plants with contrasting colors, you must make sure they have similar soil and light conditions.
There are many different shades of green. The right is a green contrast created with a Daphne Carol Mackie (with small dark green and cream variegated leaves) and a Hydrangea Lemon Daddy (yellow/green leaves), these plants also show texture contrast.
The left picture is a contrast of color and leaf size, between the Hydrangea Lemon Daddy and Sedum ground cover, with a red accent from the flower blooms of the Sedum.
2- FOCAL POINT- Creating a focal point in a front yard garden design, can be as simple as a Japanese Maple or Stewartia pseudocamellia Japanese Stewartia tree. Other types of focal points are garden elements, like water features and large planting pots.
Adding contrast and a focal point to your yard will enhance the landscape. There are many schools of thought on garden design, we discuss 5 of them here, 5 Principles of Simple Garden Designs.
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