wooden bench in flowering backyard
Photo: Linda Oyama Bryan
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Time-Tested Tips: Consolidate Beds

If you start small and add new beds each year, you can wind up with a garden that looks a bit scattered. Susan discovered this after she put in several flower beds along the front of her property, each separated by about 8 feet of lawn. An easy fix: Join them together. "One big bed looks better than three small ones," Susan says. "It creates more of a flowing look."

Shown: Purple coleus leaves and coneflowers flank the entry to a beautiful outdoor seating area.
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