The Q&A Archives: how to landscape

Question: i have a small cape on a 50 x 100 lot the side of the house faces the street, so the house sits sideways what kind of low landscaping might look best?

Answer: There are many different ways to landscape this type of space and many different plants you could use. A landscape plan is beyond the scope of this Q&A service, however. You might wish to consult with a landscape architect or a garden designer, or possibly plan it out yourself.

In overall terms, you will need to take into account the style of the house, the style of your existing landscaping, and the style your neighbors have. You will need to take into account how you plan to use this part of your yard and how you would like it to look from the stree and from the interior windows. Once you have setttled on a rough layout including any walks, patios, fences, hedges, planting beds and so on then you can begin selecting individual plants.

The plant selection will depend on whether it is sunny or shady and at what time of day, what type of soil is there, if it is average or extra wet or extra dry, if it is windy (especially during the winter) and the space available for the plant to mature along with the level of maintenance you are willing to perform, and your budget.

Since this is a complex process, I would suggest at the very least you consult with your local county extension and/or professionally trained and certified nurseryman to try to analyze the growing conditions where you want to plant and identify plants that will thrive there and fit into the space available, then make your selection from among those based on your personal taste. Best of luck with your project!

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