front porch garden

Interpreting a site, a home and the specific client needs is always a juggling act.   There is an endless supply of information and stimuli to make each landscape situation unique. 

But whether the landscape design is in Frankfort, Naperville or Lincoln Park there is one design principle for front landscaping that does indeed apply universally.   That principle is to keep the landscape fairly low.   Landscaping should enhance the architecture of the house and not overwhelm it.

And it’s usually an easy principle to apply by simply selecting plant material that will not outgrow the space where it’s planted.   Avoid dogwood, big Viburnum and other plants that require heavy pruning.   Utilize ground cover, perennials, boxwood and plants that will not outgrow the space if left unpruned. 

Low profile landscape designs are long-term landscape solutions.