Planting Design Essentials
A beautifull planting design is captivating, welcoming
and interesting. It makes a space come alive with color
and texture. Doesn't this photograph look like
a place where you would like to spend endless amounts
A landscape does not exist without plants. Your home
grounds can be a place of relaxation and contain an
abundance of flowers for you to enjoy while outdoors or
to use for arrangements indoors.
Your beautiful house with all the hardscape installed
It just is not finished until you do the
installation of the landscape plants.
soften the edges of the structures and add life,
color and interest to your home. They integrate
your house to its surroundings and give it scale.
Special needs are met with landscape plants'
abilities to screen undesirable views, provide
shade or be a striking focal point.
Here are a few Planting Design guidelines
that I take into consideration when developing a
front of the house
is always on display. The landscaping is going to make
or break the street appeal of the house.
I do not like to fight the architecture of
the front of the house, but work with it and accent
it. When possible, I like to frame the
view of the house with trees. I do not like to see
trees planted in front of the front door. It disrupts
the overall view of the house. Use evergreen plants
that look good most of the year to keep the maintenance
The front of this house does not look striking at all
while it is under construction and without any landscape
plants. It is in desperate need of a planting design
that gives it the prominence that it deserves.
This house is now a striking addtion to a fine
neighborhood. The plants frame the front door and
accent the architecture.
- If desired, the property in the
back of the house
can be personalized and
can take on a style all its own.
In this situation, the landscape plant’s purpose is
to accent the landscape elements like the
Your eye is not always focused on the house in the
back yard, but often is looking out and away from
the house. The planting design can be more relaxed,
but still needs to be cohesive and planned well.
This beautiful house with a new pool is in dire
need of help to integrate these structural elements
into the landscape and make them function
This pool and house now come alive. The lawn
provides an inviting way to wander around the
property while adding a lush green color. The
shrubbery softens the surfaces and provides interest.