Plants Landscape Design

June 10, 2019
Dates & Price

The Native Landscape Design Center at Adkins Arboretum offers a way for homeowners to achieve an affordable, professionally designed native landscape. Working in conjunction with a landscape designer, you will create a beautiful native landscape that serves your needs and benefits wildlife and the environment. Known as conservation landscaping, this approach to landscaping enhances natural systems and strives to create a healthy balance that allows people, animals, and plants to thrive and protects the quality of water, soils, and air.

To help you achieve a beautiful landscape and to support the goals of conservation or ecological landscaping, the Arboretum offers several resources.

  • Four-session native landscape design consulting service that engages homeowners as co-designers;
  • Lectures and workshops on native plants, gardening, design, and landscape conservation practices; and
  • Demonstration of recommended landscaping practices on the Arboretum's 400 acres, including gardening with native plants, rain gardens, wildlife habitat enhancement, meadow, woodland, and wetland creation and maintenance, invasive plant management, and more...

Design Your Own Landscape

In the first session, at your home, you will discuss your goals, draw a base plan, perform a site analysis, and apply for a soil sample test.

In the second session, at Adkins Arboretum, you will begin to develop your design-determining the location of paths, trees, and planting beds, and learning now to reduce lawn.

In the third session, you will explore your preferences and style, and fill in the design details with specific plants and hardscape materials. This session will focus on year-round appeal, as well as attracting birds and butterflies by selecting plants that provide food, shelter, and biodiversity.

In the fourth session, you will finalize planting and maintenance instructions, as well as schedule phasing your new landscape installation.

These sessions are fun and informative. You will have the benefit of the designer's full and undivided attention. You will have tasks to complete before each session. The final product will be a landscape plan, including a list of plants and materials, that will guide your landscape investments.

The Center’s lead designer, Chris Pax, is a professional landscape designer with 10 years’ experience designing conservation landscapes.


Landscaping Tips

Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.

1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.

2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?

3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.

4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.

5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.

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