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Help with design

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by chrisvinky, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. chrisvinky

    chrisvinky LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 355

    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
    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

  2. chrisvinky

    chrisvinky LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 355

  3. chrisvinky

    chrisvinky LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 355

    This is my favorite design so far. It has japanese hollies, gold flame spirea and english lavender.

  4. chrisvinky

    chrisvinky LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 355

    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

  5. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Messages: 5,407

    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.
  6. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    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??
  7. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Messages: 4,350

    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.
  8. Penscape Landscaping

    Penscape Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 357

    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?
  9. ARGOS

    ARGOS LawnSite Silver Member
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