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Stone paths and a circular patio give structure to this garden in Bellevue. The repetition of plant forms reinforces the formality. (Photo by Phil Wood)

Want to learn more about how to design a good garden? In the latest issue of the Arboretum Bulletin, garden designer and writer Phil Wood kicks off a new, illustrated series called “Elements of Design” with a look at one of the key garden components: structure.

Phil explains how you can draw inspiration from nature or formal geometry—or both—to create an underlying order in the composition of your garden.