If walls provide the structure, paths unify, and furniture decorates, it is the plants that give life to the garden, "the soul of the place." The countless varieties, shapes, textures, and colors of trees, bushes, flowering plants, and tall grasses provide a rich palette with which to work.

It is important to understand the requirements and characteristics of plants in order to design for success in four seasons - particularly in the hardy New England climate. Putting together the right combination of plants, with sensitivity to color, texture and leaf shape is critical to the design's success. The leaf of one plant may bring out the flower in another, creating real harmony in the garden. Above all, plants must be designed with seasonal interest in mind. Some plants may do little in the summer but are particularly interesting in the winter months, when nothing else is flowering. While plants can provide some of the same functions as a wall or walkway, such as providing a static, permanent enclosure, they are more changeable, shifting with the seasons. Understanding the characteristics of each plant and its nature throughout the seasons, allows you to create a design that works in the winter as well as in the full bloom of spring.

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