Design Ideas

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by WildRidge, Mar 20, 2007.

  1. WildRidge

    WildRidge LawnSite Member
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    Got a call to come look at a small job, but I am having trouble coming up with some design ideas for this one. I was playing around with it in pro landscape and can't come up with anything I like. See what you guys can do...

    Here is a pic of the house. This area is facing south so it is exposed to full sunlight. They are looking for low maintenance and a budget I would say $3000 and below. A few plants the owner mentioned they like is; lilac, barberry, ornamental grasses (not tall), spirea, and possibly a dogwood shrub. Also here is a layout of the new flowerbed design.

    new bed.jpg

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  2. jbailey52

    jbailey52 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    its one thing if you have a design and want a critique, but you cant expect someone to just design this for you can ya? This seems like the most basic areas to design..
     
  3. Team-Green L&L

    Team-Green L&L LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,776

    Our design fees are $75.00 hr. and I'm sure most designers are in the same range. If you aren't creative or savvy in horticulture, it may be time to bid those fees in and charge for designs.
     
  4. GreenN'Clean

    GreenN'Clean LawnSite Bronze Member
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    $75 isn't that much to pay someone to do the design for you just add that cost into your estimate and its free to you anyways.
     
  5. iowa

    iowa LawnSite Senior Member
    from NW IA
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    how about some more aesthetic curves? Maybe I will try something on image editor when I get pro landscape working again.

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  6. TheKingNJ

    TheKingNJ LawnSite Senior Member
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    I don't know about in Indy, but this is how i would do it in new jersey


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  7. TheKingNJ

    TheKingNJ LawnSite Senior Member
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    not sure how to spell loriope and weigela should be a wine and rose weigela

    i'll let you know where to send the check to.
     
  8. TheKingNJ

    TheKingNJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 781

    I just read what the owners want, you can sub the wiegela or verigated willow for a red twig dogwood, and the two pmz's on the side of the house and the birds nest spruce for your ordimental grasses.
     
  9. ooo

    ooo LawnSite Member
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    Id try on left:
    Holly / Ninebark(mini) / Holly / Ninebark(mini) / Holly
    next row staggered like:
    Gold Globe / Lil Henry Itea / Lil Henry Itea / Gold Globe

    Patio front corners and down at end of right side(not sure about right side length) Id put Golden Dwarf Hinki Cypress.

    Around patio Id also put some blue rugs and/or Leptodermis Oblonga and/or your princess Spirea.

    Also down right side Id put Red Clethra or Miss Kim Lilac.

    The cypress, gold globes, blue rugs, holly all add color season long. The Clethra and Itea bloom in summer (not spring like most), nice scent and add some fall color. The ninebark along with the white flowers, have the purple leaves that get darker as summer gets hotter. The Miss Kim Lilac has scent and blooms. The Leptodermis blooms summer to frost (takes a few seasons to really get going well).

    Just a few ideas

    Just some ideas
     
  10. WildRidge

    WildRidge LawnSite Member
    Posts: 74

    Thanks everyone for your work and ideas!! Landscape design has to be one of my weakest areas. The construction side of it all no problem...design side of it...ehhhh. Theking and iowa thanks for your ideas, what's your trick for coming up with a layout like what you did below?
     

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