For those planning to learn how to landscape, a residential landscaping project is a good start. There are many parts of a building which can be landscaped like the front or back garden, facade, gate, corridors, garage walls, fence, screen porch, patio, rooftop and garden.
The gate is usually the first place one notices when one enters a house. Put some ornamental plants around or beside it.
Landscaping is not only for beautification; it also conveys a message or a meaning. An entrance that is concealed by plants may indicate privacy the owner wants to have. Gates covered with vines and thorny plants suggests a reluctance of the owners to allow visitors inside.
Landscaping is also used for protection. Since plants may be used as fences or hedges, using thorny plants as a fence will deter intruders. The patio, lanai and porch are often landscaped with plants. Plants in pots or hanging baskets, especially those with flowers, are best for decorating these places.
For desert design, various kinds of cactus are commonly placed around large stones. The cactus plant may also be used as accent in stone gardens.
Conceal some unsightly structures such as electric posts that are near the house with the use of plants. This way, attention will be shifted away from the ugly posts to the plants.
Make narrow alleyway or entrance appear more spacious by putting plants that have wide or fan-shaped leaves along or beside it.
Decorate windows with plants. Climbers look nice on windows. Place plant boxes or plants in flower pots. To be sure that these boxes will not cause any harm, tie and set them firmly in place. Otherwise, they should be arranged in certain parts of windows where they will not fall easily or get pushed aside.
Creepers like ivy can be planted in front of the house. Some plants may be pruned and shaped like topiaries and hedges that will add beauty to the landscaping design.
Part 1 – Importance of Landscaping
Part 2 – Planning and Implementing a Landscaping Project
Part 3 – Landscaping in Houses and Buildings
Part 4 – Tropical and Oriental Garden Landscape
Part 5 – Designing Rustic and Indoor Garden
source: tlrc.gov.ph, photo from vtgcrec.ifas.ufl.edu