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Garden Style and Display - Stepping Stones to Perennial Garden Design - University of Illinois Extension

Garden Design and Style

This is the garden: colors come and go, frail azures fluttering from night's outer wing strong silent greens serenely lingering, absolute lights like baths of golden snow.
-- e.e. cummings (1894-1962)

Now that you have chosen a location for your garden and assessed the site, it is time to think about the style and display of the garden. These elements are what set one garden apart from another. Call it individuality, or personality, these elements make a garden unique.