Landscape Themes

Landscape beds can be com­posed of a collection of plants with a specific theme, such as an herb garden, a wildflower gar­den, a rose bed, or a perennial bed. Those who enjoy flower arranging may wish to create a "cutting bed," where perennials and annuals are grown solely for their blooms. If you like to observe birds, butterflies, and other wildlife, see MSU Extension Publication 2402 Natural Resource Enterprises Wildlife and Recreation, Mississippi Recreational Gardens: Establishing a Backyard Wildlife Habitat, which lists suitable plants and explains how to arrange them to attract wildlife to your yard. Theme gardens are often better suited for private areas of the yard, such as a back yard, rather than in a public area.

Section Two: Consider before beginning your planting design