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Old 12-04-2008, 06:23 PM
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Help with design

I have a residential lawn customer who asked me to design and install her front landscape.

I have always done my own property, but have never done landscaping commercially. I feel like I have an eye for it and that is where my passion is. I would like to transition one day to strictly landscaping.

Some of the plants I am thinking of are -

Arborvitae, Pyramid
Gold flame spirea
dwarf japanese holly
english lavender
liriope
dwarf variated weigela
green velvet boxwood

I have come up with a couple of different designs and I am still playing around with ideas. I thought some of you could give me some ideas and/or constructive criticism.

This is the house as it is with nothing in the front

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Old 12-04-2008, 06:25 PM
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another angle

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Old 12-04-2008, 06:29 PM
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This is my favorite design so far. It has japanese hollies, gold flame spirea and english lavender.

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Old 12-04-2008, 06:35 PM
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This is my first design. After looking at it for a while, I decided it wasn't what I wanted.

It has japanese holly and gold flame spirea on the left and dwarf weigela with dwarf korean lilac on the right

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Old 12-04-2008, 06:49 PM
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Landscape Pro! You should sell this one!

I would want more of a plant grouping in 3s or 5s. I am not a big fan of spirea on foundation plantings since they are deciduous and have no foilage in the winter. What about goldmop? Loropetalum would look good against that foundation as well. Some annual beds along the front entry would look good as well.
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Old 12-04-2008, 07:15 PM
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Stay away from alternating plants like that- You want to mass in groups. Use more hright items in appropriate areas. Try a two-level planting and not one row of stuff. Think textures! Sometimes a house like that difficult to landscape- there are no existing items to work off of... and with a blank slate, you can certainly fill it in which equals $$$$....do you have a budget??
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Old 12-04-2008, 08:29 PM
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that place is a blank canvas for anything. i would try and stay away from the typical "symmetrical" feel of what you have. think of something more abstract. larger bed coming out on the left side, since that portion of the house is wider. things of that nature.

anyone can design a bed that sits 6-8' off the foundation of the house. its a good start, but get pretty creative. maybe some dwarf trees surrounded by understory ground cover, that mimics the outline of the beds. massings and groups are good. put some more interest along the left side near the door. it will give people something to look at while they are waiting for the home owners to answer the doors. lambs ear, seasonal color, something with a weird texture.
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Old 12-04-2008, 09:16 PM
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you first design is better. I agree on the spirea it looks awesome in the season but terrible in off. I would prob consider Rosa Knockout in the front of that home. On the right hand side i would place an Jap maple or possible a topiary of some sort maybe pom pom. Great work though! Do you like that program and how much?
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