Using Size
in Flowers 'n Plants

Using size in your garden creates eye-appeal. Tall plants, short plants, wide plants ... a good variety of size contributes to your garden's overall display power.


using size in flowers

Okay, you've chosen the color and the type of flower or plants you want to put in your garden areas. Now, the key to gardening quick ‘n easy with size is simply to:

  • select a variety of flower and plant heights and widths
Be sure to place all of your plants so that you’ll be able to see them from different angles. Remember to:
  • place shorter plants towards the front of an area

  • place taller plants behind shorter plants

  • place taller plants towards the back of a planted area
or if working in a container or small centralized garden area
  • place taller plants in the center of an area

  • place shorter plants out from the taller plant to the edges of the planted area
Using a variety of heights and widths of flower and plants in this way you will provide eye appeal from every side of your garden. Also, this will maximize the overal display power of each of your flowers or plants and ultimately your entire garden area.

Some general height guidelines for flowers and plants:

Low plants that grow over and cover the soil or any of a number of plants suitable for this use; these might include ajuga, chameleon plant, sedum, and violas

Short plants
Plants that are typically 3 in - 12 in; hosta, dwarf iris, mini daylililies

Medium plants
Typically from 1 ft - 2 ft tall; hosta, daylily, ornamental grasses

Tall plants
A little more height, typically 2 ft - 5 ft; daylilies, bearded iris, ornamental grasses

Very tall plants
These plants are usually anywhere from 5 ft - 8 ft; some of the taller daylilies; ornamental grasses

*Note: with some of the tall and/or very tall plants, you may need to stake them by using a support structure of some sort (grasses are typically okay without staking.)

Keeping these suggestions in mind, you’ll quickly 'n easily be on your way to successfully and effectively using size in your garden areas.

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