In garden design, repetition is important for adding unity and flow to your landscape. Without it a landscape looks unnatural and disordered. So, how can you use repetition to steer your garden away from chaos and towards a sensible path? With so many plants to choose from, Evergreen Nursery can provide you with everything you need to create a space that leads your eye naturally from one beautiful corner to another.
Let’s start with the big items. Trees are the largest element in the landscape. A single specimen tree can act as a focal point, but as a rule, three is a good number to provide balance in a composition. Odd numbers have a unifying effect since our brains can’t divide them equally. Three large objects spaced in an irregular triangle will keep your eye moving around an area, rather than staying glued to one spot. The trees don’t have to be the same variety; in this case we’re using scale as the repeated element. If you’re limited on space, check out our flip book, Trees for Smaller Yards, to get some ideas of what trees might work for your space.
Repeating shapes is another way to add interest and pull together different areas of the garden. Think about repeating round succulents like Agave Blue Glow or Desert Spoon (Dasylirion wheeleri), or several shrubs like Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis indica) and Golden Euonymus (Euonymus japonicus 'Aureo-marginatus'), which can either be left to grow naturally or pruned into similar shapes.
Color is another useful tool to bring repetition to a landscape. Large areas of a similar color placed strategically around your yard will keep eyes moving throughout the scenery. Repeating the same color along a border can create a line that will naturally add movement through your garden. Remember our color 8-packs and flats are always an amazing value; you can fill in borders without emptying your wallet! Keep in mind that while repetition is important, you’ll still want to vary other design elements like scale and texture. Too much repetition (imagine a checkerboard or never-ending stripes) can be too much of a good thing!
On your next visit to Evergreen, try to resist the impulse to buy one of everything that catches your eye (we know it’s hard!) and instead select multiples of the plants you really love. Gather, plant, and repeat!