Landscape design should always complement the home, not overwhelm it.    Scale is paramount to effectively uniting the house with the ground.   But as a working member of the “landscape police” I continually give demerits to homes with landscapes so overgrown I cannot appreciate the home itself.

Even on large homes like the Seaside Victorian pictured here, the landscape has a low profile relative to the size of the home.   The plantings provide foundation but are not obscuring the architecture.    When I discuss front planting design with students or clients I always advise that we should “stay low and avoid planned obsolescence”.

While texture, color and companion plants are all working as part of the design process, scale is king.    The beds on this project are large and pulled out far enough from the house to allow the planting design to actively engage.   Trees are on the perimeter and not blocking the beautiful lines of the home.

Think of front landscape design in terms of room decorating.  If necessary you could decorate a room without paintings, but it would be a challenge to decorate/design a room without furniture.   Furniture provides base just as plants provide base.

While front landscape design will normally include the canopy, understory and ground plane, it’s not a good idea to hide the home with plants that obscure the architecture.   Plant the foundation for the long term.

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