Shade, Scent, Flowering and Perennial Gardens

       Residential gardens may be divided into different spaces such as public, private, play areas, and entertaining spaces.  These spaces can be designed to include shade gardens, scent gardens, cutting gardens as well as vegetable gardens. Gardens can be created with trees, shrubs, perennials and ground covers with varieties that are adaptable to the various sun and shade conditions.
      The plants and gardens designed around a home should be placed where they can be viewed from inside the house to help create focal points and have visual interest during all of the seasons.  Choosing the right plants for the right space from the very beginning is important and will provide long lasting effects.  Recognizing the mature size of your plant material will prevent overcrowding and the need to relocate.  Choosing the proper type and placement of plant material may also be very beneficial for cooling in the summer and warmth in the winter.   When turf areas are part of the landscape, the areas should be designed with efficiency of mowing in mind and less trimming required. 
     Landscape lighting and an irrigation system should be considered when designing the landscape.  Blending hardscapes such as driveways, walkways, decks or patios into the design process is also important while paying attention to the practicality of maintaining these areas during the winter months.  

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