tall evergreens for very tall lake home - Knowledgebase Question

crandon, Wi
Question by marymeier_04
March 9, 2010
The TALL house looks gigantic from the lake, as it sits up on a hill. I need tree advice to plant near the house to take away the tall height appearance. Help!

Answer from NGA
March 9, 2010


Actually, planting something tall near the house will make it look that much taller! It's best to plant shorter shrubs near the house and taller shrubs and trees closer to the water (or you normal vantage point when looking at the house).

Here's how to design the landscape:
Structure the landscape so the tallest plants (trees, tall shrubs) are the farthest from the house. Work your way toward the house with ever-smaller plantings (dwarf shrubs, ornamental grasses, low-growing perennials and annuals).

Place shade trees, the tallest components in the landscape, about two-thirds of the distance from the house to the curb (or lake.) By putting them on the edges of the property, rather than the center, the yard will seem wider and the house will seem shorter.

Layer plantings to add perceived depth by setting up slightly wavy planting beds in the yard to break up the yard so your eye is not drawn directly to the rooftop.

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