Master Planning

 
  Contrasting colors are exiting

A master plan looks at the entire property so that the individual parts of the design create a cohesive whole rather than a piecemeal collection of plantings. It addresses the circulation or connection from one area to the next. The style and age of the house is reflected in the style of the plantings and the setting of the house is emphasized. The views of the gardens from within the house are equally if not more important than the foundation plantings. A landscape should be beautiful all four seasons of the year.

 
Colors within the same family are restful

 

Future requirements of the owner are addressed. Pools and entertainment areas, privacy issues, children and dogs’ play areas, vegetable gardens, fences, hedges and future building should all be taken into consideration at the outset of the design to avoid costly changes later. Many master plans are installed in phases over three to five years.

The plan is drawn to scale using a site plan if available. Otherwise measurements are taken to provide the correct information. All hardscaping and planting beds are scaled to the correct size to be easily installed by contractors. Plants are labeled and a key with common and botanical names is provided on the plan for easy reference.

The choice of plants is the final step. Without knowledge of plants, materials may be chosen that won't survive in their site or more likely, outgrow it, requiring replacement at considerable expense. An interesting design uses a wide variety of plants emphasizing shape, texture, size, fragrance, color and seasonal diversity – the secrets to a four season garden. Particular emphasis is given to native plants for their beauty and hardiness.