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Putting it All Together
Using the grid sheet, determine the approximate location, size and shape of the perennial bed or border. Draw an outline of the bed alone on a second sheet, using a larger scale, such as 1 inch = 1 foot or 1/2 inch = 1 foot. Lightly pencil in approximate height requirements of plants in certain regions of the garden: tallest plants in the back of a border or in the center of an island bed. Keep in mind your color scheme and desired plant heights; consult the table on selecting perennials (p. 20) to choose plants that meet these require-
ments. Be sure to include your favorites as well as species that provide special attributes, such as fragrance. Take into account design factors such as form, spread and texture, as well as cultural requirements, to create a varied, interesting display. Make up a tentative plant list and check availability in catalogs. Be sure to repeat some perennials to keep the garden unified in appearance. Decide how
A i many of each perennial you need, based on recommended plant spacings. Use groups of three to six for best results.
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