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An adventuresome combination of perennials spills from a narrow bed against a boldly painted red fence includes Melianthus major, Pelargonium graveolens, salvia, euphorbia, aeonium and other perennials with striking foliage. Photo: Megan Speckmann, Far Out Flora

Mint. Lavender. Roses.

These plants are a constant in my home garden. When planting for myself, I tend to stick to a simple approach to garden design. To avoid a “circus” look, my roses are planted in large sweeps of a similar color. I steer clear of mixing white with warm colors like red and orange. Even plantings of common six-pack annuals are carefully thought out—and usually dark or light blue. Groundcovers are consistently thyme or another herb. That’s not to say my garden isn’t gorgeous or thriving or fragrant—it’s just not very brave. I keep it clean and simple, and I stick to what I have always loved.

My garden habits are pretty similar to other aspects of my personality; I can watch the same television show about 20 times before I’m bored with it. I eat mint chip ice cream exclusively, and honestly get a little angry when my husband as...

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