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Landscape Design

EAS Landscaping provides design services in tandem with our builds. Designs can include sketches and/or computer renderings via 3D content creation software like SketchUp. Let us know if you are interested in our design services!

NEW! SketchUp Example Projects

Cedar Raised Garden Bed - Bottomless 2' High - ideal for minimal native plantings
Pavers, Wood Chips, Natives
Raised Cedar Planter
Minimal Storage Chests

Landscape Design Basics

An aesthetic landscape design incorporatea five key elements -- line, form, texture, color, and scale.

Seven steps to landscape design.

  • Plan a landscape project
  • Remove the lawn
  • Install hardscaping
  • Build a healthy soil
  • Install an irrigation system
  • Purchase and install plants
  • Water efficiently
  • Landscape design embodies the fundamental concepts of composition - proportion, order, repetition, and unity

    The seven principles of landscape design include the elements of unity, scale, balance, simplicity, variety, emphasis, and sequence.

    The first three principals of garden design (proportion, transition, and unity) apply to the overall feel of the landscape. The second set of principles (rythm, balance, and focalization) pertains to controlling a viewer's eye movement.

    Three key landscape design elements: Line - Line is used to carry the eye through a landscape and to create physical flow and connectivity. Vertical lines csarry the eye skyward and are useful in expanding small spaces. Mass - In design, mass is a measure of visual size. Form - Form refers to the shapes of objects in a landscape.

    Landscape/Hardscape Designs

    Sun - Modern Front or Back Yard 1

    3/18/21 UMI Little bluestem Shasta Daisy Purple Coneflower Blackeyed Susan Goldenrod Pennsylvania Sedge Cedar mulch Hidden Col-Met metal edging or gray cement paving brick

    Sun - Trad/Mod Front Yard 1 15-20 ft wide

    3/18/21 UMI Arbors on each end 3 cone flowers next to each arbor towards center, Virginia sweetspire in center, Virginia blue bells placed around the sweetspire and some in front of the cone flowers Submerged black Col-Met metal edging (so it does not really show) Black mulch for nice pop effect

    Companion Plants

    White Yarrow, ConeflowerYes
    Little Bluestem Grass, Black Eyed SusanYes
    Fasle Goatsbeard [1] (species of Astilbe), HostaFalse Goatsbeard Yes, Hosta No
    Wayne's World White Wild Indigo (Baptisia) [2], no companion plant - this bitch is a baller! 5 feet high and 8 feet wide, y'all.Yes

    [1] False goatsbeard is the only species of Astilbe that is native to North America. In contrast to the more familiar species, it is a strikingly bold, coarse-textured, 3-6' tall plant. Hundreds of small, creamy-white flowers are borne in feathery pyramidal panicles. Mt. Cuba Center

    [2] Wayne's World White Wild Indigo (you may want to go for the less-girthy Ivory Towers version, which gets 5' wide, basically same height) Mt. Cuba Center

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