Real World Gardener Updating Your Garden with Shapes of Plants in Garden Design

February 7th, 2013

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney,
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Design Elements

with Landscape Designer Louise McDaid

There are so many things to
consider with garden design that you may not have thought even possible.
Have you updated the flower colour
in your garden yet? Or are you
considering putting in some grasses, or strappy leaved plants with coloured

Are you thinking about moving some
plants for a fresh new look?

Here’s something you mightn’t know
or realise, and that is: a single species can have different leaf shapes over
the life of the plant. In fact, some can have different leaf shapes on the
plant at the same time. For example, gum trees have different adult and
juvenile foliage. That’s complicated enough, but what about the shape of the
plant itself?

Good garden design takes the
shapes of plants into account.

Did you know that you can update
your plants using just the shape of the plant?

What does that mean? Let’s find

As Louise said, if one of your
garden beds could look a bit better, think about introducing a different shaped
plant, one with perhaps a vertical shape, like the ornamental pear, or a
lollipop on a stick.
Perhaps a fountain shaped plant will
fit the bill, like a weeping grass with stripey foliage- such as variegated
Lots to ponder when thinking about
updating your garden.

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