What makes a good landscape design? The
first design below illustrates an example of a poor design concept.
The second design illustrates the forethought necessary for
functional as well as aesthetically pleasing landscape design.
Poor Design Concept (above): A basic builders design that detracts
from the architecture of the house because the walkway is boring,
unpleasant and and not functional.
Below are some simple tips that you should consider when planning a
Six Landscape Design Tips
1. Your landscaping should complement your home, not compete with
it. The most important element of your landscaping is your house
itself. Plantings should serve to frame and soften its
architectural lines without being overpowering.
2. Avoid floating elements. Try to anchor new planting beds to the
house and other perimeter features. Too many floating flowerbeds or
isolated shrubs detract from the house and are unsettling to the
3. Follow your head, not just your heart, when selecting plants.
Carefully analyze the microclimate of your property and choose
plants that will do well in that exposure, soil type, etc. Putting
a plant in unfavorable conditions will almost certainly provide
4. Focus interest around the entryway by using color and/or
fragrance. Adding these features around entryways is welcoming to
guests and neighbors. Also consider your own enjoyment: during a
busy work week, you may only see the parts of the garden that are
closest to your doorways. Put the things you would enjoy seeing the
most at those locations.
5. Consider flower features when picking trees and shrubs, but
remember that their flowers usually only last a week or two. Also
consider general habit (i.e. shape), texture, foliage, fruiting,
and fall color. For example, a forsythia may be stunning during the
few weeks in spring in which it is cloaked in blooms, but afterward
it has little to offer. Consider instead shrubs like viburnums
which offer fragrant spring flowers, lush summer foliage, bright
fall color, and interesting winter structure.
6. Always consider ultimate size when choosing, positioning, and
placing plants. Be sure to carefully research the plants that you
will be using in your design. Sketch (or hire a professional to
draw) a scaled plan taking into account the ultimate size of the
plants used. Use your plan as a planting guide to ensure proper
spacing. A complete landscape plan also will help you stay focused
and on task as you develop your landscaping over several seasons.
Knowing the ultimate plan will help prevent you from succumbing to
impulsive and poorly thought-out purchases at the garden center
that do not fit into the big picture.
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