There are three design elements to consider when creating a planting design: form, texture and color.
Each plant you choose encompasses these characteristics in different ways. Though you should consider all of these it is important to know that form is the most consistent, then texture and finally color.
A good planting design should start with a strong composition of forms. Below are some examples.
Can you think of plants in your area that fit these forms...whether tree, shrub or even perennial?