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Plant Form and Texture: Continuity

Continuity in Form: Hedges

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Of course, you won't always want to employ contrast in your plantings....
Privet hedge photo.

Privet hedge photo.

David Beaulieu
By employing repetition -- i.e., installing plants that bear the same form or other characteristic -- you can help achieve unity in your design. Perhaps the ultimate example is the classic hedge (composed of one plant), as in the photo above of a privet hedge. Formal hedges can have such a unified look that they essentially function as "living walls" in a landscape design. The formal privet hedge in the picture above serves double-duty, disguising an eyesore: the chain-link fence.

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