Gardens look most natural when they complement a house style rather than fight it. In Homescaping: Designing Your Landscape to Match Your Home, garden writer Anne Halpin explores the design relationship between classic garden types and common residential architecture styles. Halpin helps homeowners coordinate house and garden with advice on choosing patios, decks, walls, lighting, outdoor structures, furniture and water features that echo a home's personality. She also recommends key plants that signal each garden "feel," including formal, desert and meadow.

Deanna Larson is a writer in Nashville who describes herself as a journeyman gardener.

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