Embrace the shapes of plants and use them in your landscape ideas. Usually, I enter some tall, upright plants to attract attention and break the monotony that accompanies the use of many shrubs and perennials. I also often take classes with plants that cry: they add excitement, visual energy and a unique gracious form to your yard. When I help people design their gardens, they often ask for a lot of color and look out on the green. But using a variety of shades of green is a wonderful idea of landscaping and a way to add depth to your plantings.
Where to Grow: Most grow best in the low, coastal and tropical areas of the South (zones 8-10). Some, like Crinum x powellii 'Alba' and 'Ellen Bosanquet,' are sturdy further north. Where to buy: Order at Jenks Farmer or Plant Delights Nursery. To prevent your flowers from being engulfed by deer - one of the most distressing woes of any garden - choose flowers that people find glorious and deer find disgusting. It's not a chore as hard as you could imagine. We recommend opting for deer-hungry perennials such as butterfly weeds, globe thistle, 'Royal Red' butterfly bush or even blueberry.
A large tree or shrub can dominate a landscape and make it dark and dark. In our backyard, there is a mature elm on the other side of the fence. We had to consider elm to decide where to plant the crepe myrtle. They are at a good distance. Since both are upright and the crepe myrtle can take a lot of pruning, they should provide privacy and block the western sun. Because elm will have its lower branches pruned in the future to avoid damaging the fence, there will be a good balance in the landscape. A large landscape will take into account several elements of good design. These include color, shape, pattern, light, balance, contrast, rhythm, variety and unity.
In this video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to lay a beautiful and long-lasting pathway. (See below for a shopping list and tools.) Click here to SUBSCRIBE to the…