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Garden Design Ideas That Will Help You Grow

Summer is a time for baking strawberry rhubarb pies, visiting farmers markets, and exploring gardening ideas on Pinterest

Are you a gardener like Bunny Mellon—a promoter of native flora with a Francophile garden layout? Do you desire your exteriors to be as crisp and tidy as your interiors, with not a single blade of grass out of place?

Whatever garden ideas you're looking for, we asked the experts for suggestions. Consider landscape architect Robert Bell's advice to put a style on repeat:

Repeat decorative elements like a paving pattern, planter, or sculptural chaise to help the eye travel through the garden at a measured pace.

Or Michael Giannelli, the owner of East Hampton Gardens, who creates timeless focal points and frequently uses a boxwood hedge for structure.

 "A simple boxwood hedge serves two purposes: It creates order of the garden and keeps the hydrangeas from flopping!" Read on for all you need to know—and plenty of garden inspiration to make you green with envy.

"The best way a lay person can start to begin a garden layout is to first look for inspiration, from favourite vacation spots to neighbor's homes that have grabbed their attention," Heather Trilling, a landscaping designer, explains.

 "Then create a dream list for your garden. What are your hopes for the space's use? Entertaining, more family fun, gardening as a pastime, a cutting garden, meditation, or animals? "A garden should improve one's life," she argues.

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