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If you're considering inspiration from Colonial gardens of yore for your landscape, certain pointers can turn that dream garden into a reality. First, Colonial gardens are largely geometric and symmetrical. Elements should be arranged with thought to the central axis of the planting bed. Color is used sparsely in Colonial-style gardens; therefore, stick to small patches of color used in moderation against monochromatic hues of green foliage. Linear pathways are also a dominating feature of Colonial gardens. At the end of the path put a focal point, such as a large planter or birdbath. Brick, crushed gravel and seashells are pathway materials of choice when constructing the garden. Using more hardscape than plants and flowers enables homeowners who create Colonial-style gardens to perform minimal maintenance.