Hills | East Wenatchee, WA | October 2019

Practical advice | Expert landscapers mostly follow principles established by Mother Nature, including repetition of plant shapes and colors. “These are known as [design] echoes and help hold the landscape together as a whole, instead of a bunch of parts,” says ag scientist Greg Grant at Texas A&M. “Some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world — both man-made and natural — are very simple and rhythmic. Just remember that repetition is the common thread.”

[In photo: Shrub-steppe in autumn bloom with Cascades foothills in the distance.]