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Proportion considers the relationship between the size of one element in a garden with the size of another. Unity or the repetition of an element (shape, color, texture, or even the same plant) throughout a garden ties it together. Contrast provides an element of surprise or variation to your garden. Using two plants with similar sizes but different textures or placing a strong colored element against a pale background can be appealing. It is usually important to keep some element of similarity between plants in order to provide unity to a garden picture, but that shouldn't stop you from experimenting to create your own unique look.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|