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The articles below on concepts, borders, containers, and seasons are reprinted with permission from
The Gardener magazine. Like the garden plans, they are in PDF format, which requires Adobe® Acrobat® Reader®. Please click here to download a free copy of Reader® if you don't already have it.

CONCEPTS | BORDERS | SEASONS | PLANS


CONCEPTS

A Sense of Enclosure
A Garden for all Seasons
Stephen Anderton

There's an old saying about pets: A pet is not just for Christmas -- it's for a lif
etime. It's rather the same with gardens...
A Sense of Enclosure
A Sense of Enclosure
Stephen Anderton

How to create spaces that are intimate and personal without being claustrophobic...
Balance and Mass

Balance and Mass
Stephen Anderton

How to create spaces that are easy on the eye.
  Bending the Rules Bending the Rules
Stephen Anderton

Just because a line isn't straight doesn't mean it can't be formal....
Lighting & Water

Lighting & Water
Anthony Neal

It is hard to imagine a beautiful garden without water. The very heartbeat is missing...
  Sizing Up A Property

Sizing Up A Property
Stephen Anderton

The first step in planning a garden is to understand the landscape with which you’re working.
Space Space
Stephen Anderton

Why your garden needs it and how to deal with this difficult but essential elemen
t...
  Strong Bones

Strong Bones
Stephen Anderton

A clear, coherent frame is essential to creating beautiful pictures. The way you handle...
Symmetry vs. Asymmetry

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Symmetry vs. Asymmetry
Stephen Anderton

When designing or redesigning a garden, there is always one huge decision waiting for you at the outset...
  The House Makes the Garden
The House Makes the Garden
Stephen Anderton

A house is a massive three-dimensional anchor for the space that surrounds it...


Border Design 101
Joe Eck

An expert shares his list of simple concepts for making complex gardens.
Building the Bones

Building the Bones
of a Border
Fergus Garrett

The first step to a great garden is creating a framework that is practical and...
Flatheads & Tiers

Flatheads & Tiers
Christopher Lloyd

From the flowers of yarrows to the layered branches of dogwoods, these shapes give...
  Fountains & Weepers Fountains & Weepers
Christopher Lloyd

Plants with a
cascading element
are invaluable in the garden.
Globes & Domes

Globes & Domes
Christopher Lloyd

Globes and domes are among the most natural shapes to see in a garden.
 

Hands-on Design
Anna Pavord

Forget the graph paper but remember to start your plan from the center.
Making a Mixed Border

Making a Mixed Border
Fergus Garrett

How do you go about building a new garden from scratch? Follow the planting...
  Shapes make the Garden

Shapes Make the Garden
Christopher Lloyd

In the first of a six part series, the author introduces the broad range of shapes...
Spikes & Spires


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Spikes & Spires
Christopher Lloyd

A strong, upward thrust is essential in our gardens at every level, and never more so than in a mixed border setting...
     



Autumn Chores
John Emmanuel

In the midst of fall’s beauty, preparations are under way for next year’s displays.

A Fall Sampler

A Fall Sampler: Salvia,
Corydalis, Ceratostigma, Acer, Kirengeshoma

Five experts extol their favorite plant for autumn display.
First Flowers

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First Flowers
Graham Stuart Thomas

A master plantsman's picks for late-winter garden interest.
  Winter Attractions

Winter Attractions
Christopher Lloyd

Skeletons, barks, and berries usher out one season and bring in another.

A Medley of Groundcovers

A Medley of Groundcovers
for Shade
Ken Rawson

Turn a shady corner of your garden into an oasis of lush foliage and calming colors.

A Sunny Border in Cool Colors

A Sunny Border in Cool Colors
Ken Rawson

Thirteen plants in a border to help take the heat out of a long summer day.
Cool Lights Shade Garden

Cool Lights Shade Garden


Shrubs and perennials that provide colorful flowers and foliage in partial shade.
  Deer-Resistant Garden

Deer-Resistant Garden
for Sun


Plants with a long season of interest and foliage that deer generally avoid.
Making a Mixed Border

Making a Mixed Border
Ken Rawson

Just ten different plants, with flowers in shades of purple, blue, and rose can create a lively, three-season show.
  Shady Lane Garden

Shady Lane Garden


Hostas combine well with Virginia Bluebells, variegated Solomon's Seal, and old-fashioned Bleeding Heart.
Sultry Delights Garden

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Sultry Delights Garden
for Sun


Shrubs and perennials for a long season of bloom in full sun.
     
 
 
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