If trees are desired near the structure of the house, choose a tree with a small canopy at full growth so that the branches do not interfere with the porch or roof. Placing tall trees in the yard and medium or small trees on the sides and front makes the house stand out (Figure 19-37). The dogwood (Cornus florida), the Japanese flowering apricot (Prunus mume), the Japanese maple (Acer palmatum), the eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis), the deaf wood (Oxydendron arboretum) and the lettuce (Amelanchier) are examples of small trees in the canopy.
Ambient lighting is the art of lighting without visible fixations. Think of it as a theatrical approach, in which you highlight certain elements of the frontal landscape of your home. When designed for general illumination, the visitor travels through a magical nocturnal environment before even reaching the front door. A brightly colored small tree is a powerful front yard design tool that provides a strong visual interest in landscaping the facade of a home.
But owners with more property can enjoy beautiful topiaries and pergolas and high-design trellises in exquisite landscaped gardens, just steps from their front doors. Lemon, olive, agave and cacti are just a few examples of the unexpected greenery used to add texture and color to these gardens from AD archives. With warm weather around the corner, let these breathtaking scenes - designed by landscape architects like Louis Benech and Ronald van der Hilst - inspire your next plantings. Related:
Solvents used to dilute paints and stains should be based on plant rather than mineral. Paint and stain pigments should be made from inorganic soil and mineral pigments and preservatives should be water-based and include salts of zinc, copper or fluoride. The website of the independent nonprofit organization Green Seal has more information on environmentally friendly paints and solvents at Design wooden structures to evacuate rainwater. Any wood that becomes wet and does not dry is vulnerable to decay and insect attack. Protect the endgrains with stoppers and do not put the ends of the poles in concrete soles that retain the water.
Another environmentally sustainable solution is solar lighting. The parking of the vehicles must be taken into account. If off-street parking is required to accommodate visitors' cars, consider placing these spaces where they are easily accessible at the main entrance. Provide enough room for a door to open and a surface where someone can get out of a vehicle. When planning foundation areas, consider the size, color, texture and number of plants needed. Consider the individual character of a plant so that it grows up while maturings without major maintenance. The foundations of modern homes are often attractive and do not need to be hidden by dense plant boundaries.
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