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Designers - What would you change?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by h400exinfl, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. h400exinfl

    h400exinfl LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 106

    Here is a design I'm working on. I think it's a little too busy, but that seems to be the trend. What do you pro's think? I'm looking for comments on principles of design, plant choice etc. Also, the final will be in black and white, hence the horrible colors. Thanks.

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  2. Slcareco

    Slcareco LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 682

    Oh wow, there is so much wrong with that and I will give you my corrective critique... lines lines lines really really bad... there is noooo flow noo transition it just goes into the corners of the house at odd angles... you want nice flowing curves that go into the house at a 90 degree....

    Your planting designed/drawn way too close to the house... if to exact scale it should never be against the house and you should take into consideation the mature width for the plants you choose... don't need excessive shade on the house or a close entrance for wood eating insects.

    Also when labeling plants of the same species you should have a connecting line for all of them that are grouped together like your Boxwoods.

    How BIG are those myrtles?? Take them out... accent the house and not put a forest around the house... You seem to have a nursery collection rather then a selection of plants that unite with the landscape as one... too much... too much

    Your walkway is very uninvitable, you need some flow, transition, it needs to draw the person in not make them wonder.

    Thats just some things I seen
  3. h400exinfl

    h400exinfl LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 106


    Thanks, I love the input. Lines are definitely something I'm having trouble with, here I'm basically reusing the existing bed lines with minimal change. I'll put some thought into that thanks again.

    The Crapes will reach a height of 20 -25' and aren't really shade trees. They're colorful in mid to late summer and add spatial composition as will as unity to the design. At least that is what I'm trying to accomplish with them, hence each one is placed alone in a particular viewpoint.

    Regarding the nursery collection, yah, I definitely tend to use what's available locally. It's well within my "comfort zone" to do so.

    Regarding connecting lines for particular species, are you sure about that? Wouldn't it clutter up the design? If they're really far apart across the property, maybe a second label, hmmm I'll look through some more designs and see if I can find some examples of that. I really want to keep it neat though.

    Regarding bushes next to the house, they'll be kept off the house. They're full grown in the design and down here, air space is accomplished as much by trimming (tropicals can easily take 4 trims a season) as by planting.

    Thanks again.
  4. Slcareco

    Slcareco LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 682

    Well With the connecting lines, I draw my designs so I would fade my lines into the center of each plant so the focus isnt on my lines but with CAD im not sure.

    Well anything on a lawn usually would be a focal point but you shouldnt have more of the same focal point around the yard... it is repitition but keep that with the hedges... One thing you dont want to do is repeat the same tree as a "specimen" or focal point... it kind of draws you away from the rest of the landscape which takes away from the unity... Just my thoughts

    Well if the budget is there for changing the bed lines its a must! First best thing to any landscape is nice flowing lines... Im sure you can google some great examples

    Glad to help!
  5. h400exinfl

    h400exinfl LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 106

    Thanks again, exactly the kind of help I'm looking for.
  6. Slcareco

    Slcareco LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 682

  7. Chrysalis

    Chrysalis LawnSite Member
    Posts: 155

    Hey what part of Florida are you in? Im down here in the Tri County area based out of Broward. Without looking I knew right off the bat you were in Florida with the plant selections you got there. Very Nice if you ask me. :)

  8. Turf Logic

    Turf Logic LawnSite Member
    Posts: 243

    Less is more, remember plants have to grow in. SLcareco nailed it on the head, the bed lines need to flow and have transition. The other problem I see is the crepe myrtles try to use some variation in your specimens.
  9. FinerCutslawnCare

    FinerCutslawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,385

    If I were you I would get away from the computer drawing if possible and draw it by yourself. It helps alot and sometimes when you take your time you start to think of different ideas. I just got done with a landscape design/drafting class and will probably never use a computer again. Just my opinion tho...
  10. Turf Logic

    Turf Logic LawnSite Member
    Posts: 243

    Personally I like to see hand drawn plans for residential proposals but just the opposite fore commercial.

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