Ideas & Inspiration

Repetition Matters in the Landscape

How to Create Repetition in the Landscape:
  • Repeat the same plant throughout your landscape to create a ribbon of color.
  • Or instead of the same plant, repeat a similar shape or texture. Because green foliage is the primary garden element, use different leaf textures to create different moods. Variegated or two-toned plants can bring contrast to a space.
  • Repeat rounded shapes like begonias, impatiens or shrubs, and vertical shapes such as digitalis, lilies and trees.
  • Pick plants that bloom in different seasons to create continuous color in one spot.
  • Pick one color theme for each season. Asters are perfect in fall because they bloom in shades of purple or blue and have similar daisy-like flower shapes.
  • Repeat garden art and vertical elements such as arbors, trellises or obelisks to unify the space.