Need help on where to start with landscape designing

disfanJuly 15, 2012

Our house has been complete for a year now, and we recently had the driveway and sidewalk done and are ready to begin on the landscaping. Are there any good programs available online to help us get started? We are located in southwest PA. I'd appreciate any suggestions on what plants to use or what types of plants should be used close to the house. On the left side, we'd like to do a shaped section with a dogwood tree. Other than that, we're stumped on ideas. Thanks!!

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I use It's free and gives a reasonable end product as far as colors, sizes, and looks of plants to aid your decisions.

Pretty house!

A pic from the street would help a little too.

Good luck.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 9:01AM
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Thank you! Here's another pic. I'll check out that site!

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 9:32AM
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karinl(BC Z8)

For the benefit of lurkers who might be future posters in a similar situation, it should be mentioned that you have actually already made the most significant landscaping decisions in the design of your sidewalk, driveway, and steps. I don't mean to say there is anything wrong with the decisions you made - in fact you've left yourself a nice big bed near the house in the contrast to some I've seen, and there is a pleasant curve on your driveway - but just to say that the plants are the flexible, temporary, personal, and occasional features of your landscape while the hardscape is permanent, full time, and will go from owner to owner unchanged.

If, for example, you want to place trees to shade the house or the driveway or to provide privacy, that is often best decided before concrete is poured. Even, in some cases, before a house is built.

Incidentally, you have not mentioned what direction the house faces, which will help with suggestions.

Karin L

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 2:19PM
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Landscape Designing is very important to enhance your space. Try to start in the upper near the garage.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2012 at 3:15AM
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