Tip of the Week: Choose Perennials by Shape

Most herbaceous perennials arrive in the garden as additions to existing plantings, rather than as part of a new scheme. When choosing a plant for a particular position, think about the shapes the scheme lacks.

For example, if the bed already includes mostly rounded plants, consider adding a tall, narrow plant or a flat groundcover.

Remember, a good combination of plant forms is just as important as a clever color combination.

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