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COMPOUND DESIGN TIPS

Consider Color

If your home is neutral in color, choose a limited color scheme for your landscape to add visual appeal.
Rich purple plants are great choices for beige, gray, or white homes; soft yellow is a beautiful accent.
For a bolder presentation, select red flowers and accent them with splashes of white blooms or silver
foliage.


If your home's color scheme stands out, grow flowers and foliage that pairs well with it. For example,
purple and pastel yellow look beautiful against a soft blue home. Or try a cohesive design, such as
yellow flowers with a yellow house.

Stay with the Style

House color is an easy place to start for landscaping inspiration. But the architectural style may also
provide ideas for plantings. For example, if you have a Victorian home, a formal garden
with low clipped boxwood hedges would be a natural fit.

Go Traditional

For a traditional-style home, the classic look -- a white picket fence, tidy evergreen foundation
plantings, and a few planters on the front porch -- is a simple way to add landscape impact.
If you want to take it up a notch, try growing clematis or climbing roses up a fence or plant flowering
evergreen shrubs, such as dwarf rhododendrons, along the foundation.

Enjoy Informality

Play up casual elements if you have a cottage-style home. Meandering paths, lush plantings, and bit of whimsy all contribute to a relaxed, cottage theme.


Contemplate Contemporary

Have some landscape fun if your home's architectural style is contemporary. Incorporate geometric patterns and interesting materials (or more everyday materials used in a special way) to play up the drama

Pay Attention to Materials

After considering color and style, examine materials. Cedar siding looks great as a backdrop to a naturalistic landscape that utilizes native plants. Grasses tend to be particularly effective with wood tones.

Accentuate Special Features

You can also use your landscape to play up special architectural details. For example, a collection of low, mounding plants can help highlight homes with tower like structures at the front. A pair of columnar cypress planted in front of the home also draws the eye up.

Match Your Plants

Architectural style gives clues on what types of plants to grow. For example, opulent peonies, hydrangeas, and old-fashioned roses fit well with Victorian homes. If you have a contemporary dwelling, try plants that have interesting structure, such as upright ornamental grasses.

Soften Structures

Utilize plants to soften the look of your home and integrate it into the landscape. Lush climbing roses, for example, are a wonderful way to cover porch posts

Create a Mood

Landscapes create a mood. Look to your home to determine the feeling you want to create. You can go big, bold, and formal for major appeal, for example. Or choose plantings that offer a cozy, intimate feel if you have a small house.

Highlight Contrasts

Another way to create impact is to use your landscaping to contrast your home's architectural features. Soft-textured mounding grasses, for example, stand out against buildings that have a boxy shape or a lot of vertical lines.