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Exciting Vertical Plants that Pack a Punch

These exclamation-point plants add rhythm and drama to your landscape

Fine Gardening – Issue 155
I love vertical plants for their ability to stop your eye and let your mind rest for a moment among the sumptuous, blowsy mounds of smaller annuals and perennials. A strongly upright plant provides an exclamation point in the landscape and supplies an element of contrast that makes an entire garden more exciting. Vertical plants can be used effectively in gardens of any size. But because their primary direction of growth is upward and not outward, tall slender plants can be used to great effect—especially in small spaces—to bring a much-needed element of height without having to worry that, in a few years’ time, the plants’ breadth might engulf everything around them.

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