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Visually Pleasing Landscape

A visually pleasing landscape is what we all strive for. The considerations of functionality, maintainability, environmental soundness, and cost effectiveness provide the framework needed to create a visually pleasing landscape. Designing a sustainable landscape requires the integration of more variables but should not affect the aesthetic value of the landscape.

Examples of landscape designs that is not visually pleasing:
    Poor Foundation Plantings

  • Poor foundation plantings (busy, no key plants, no open space, no concept lines).

Examples of landscape designs that are visually pleasing and demonstrate sustainability:

    Retaining Wall

  • Use of retaining walls to reduce slope.

    Proper Plant Spacing

  • Proper plant spacing around a foundation.

    Edging Line

  • Use of an edging line to eliminate a mowing problem.

It is important to note that none of these considerations are mutually exclusive in the design process. The development of any design will require that each piece be revisited several times in light of the others before the best solution is reached.

For more information on sustainable landscape design, please see the Base Plan.

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