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Dr. Stevens has been at Kansas State University for over 20 years researching flowers. He serves as the State Extension Specialist in Floriculture and is director of the Horticulture Research Center in Olathe, KS Robin R. Dremsa is a Research ...
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Dr. Stevens has been at Kansas State University for over 20 years researching flowers. He serves as the State Extension Specialist in Floriculture and is director of the Horticulture Research Center in Olathe, KS Robin R. Dremsa is a Research Associate who manages the flower trials. She's been at the K-State Hort. Research & Extension Center since 2007.
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Landscape design tip

Where should flower beds - spots of color - be placed in a landscape?  Colorful flowers should be used to draw the eye to a specific location and to provide a color contrast to nature's neutral green grass, shrubs and trees. A well designed landscape should lead a visitor's eye to the point of initial contact.  In town this is usually the front door, while out on the farm, it may be a door to the side or rear of the home.  A pot of flowers or a group of annual flowers near the front entrance will attract attention and help guide your visitors to where you would like them to go.

Color spots are often used to give clues or guidance to visitors.
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Bright begonias flank the sidewalk that leads to the home, drawing your eye to the front door.
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Out on the farm, pots of colorful flowers guide visitors to the walk that leads to the side door.
Spots of color (groupings of flowers) should also be widely spaced apart to create depth and breath to a landscaped area.  In the public space of a front yard we would plant color toward the property lines shared with the neighbor's yard (width) and also place them forward toward the street and back closer to the house (depth).  

The same principles also apply to the backyard (private space).  Color spots can be used to draw the eye to great views from the patio or from inside the house looking out into the yard.  Color spots can also be placed to provide the appearance of greater depth and breadth to the backyard landscape.
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Flowers planted along the property line between two houses.
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Color spots by the front door and the street create depth in the landscape.
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Color spots draw the eye toward beautiful views and provide the appearance of greater breadth.

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