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Here are some great landscaping ideas to help you design in an artistic and professional way. In case you are wondering, I am a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in Landscape Architecture.

You might be needing help with some of the following landscaping issues.

  • How can I create a great planting design? How should I design my patio?
  • What about my driveway design? I want privacy.
  • And most important, how do I create a design that will be creative and special?

Learn more about special garden features you can add as focal points such as beautiful sundials.


Please read on to find out about many landscaping ideas used for my clients!

Front Yards

Front landscapes should have all season color.

What do you and others see when they first approach you house? The front yard, of course! That is why many homeowners struggle over such things as foundation plantings, front walkways, and all the other parts of designing a front yard.

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Back Yard Ideas

Hardscape in brick for walk and terraces.

Landscaping ideas for a backyard...eek! Patios, walkways, plantings, play areas...where to start? Educate yourself and start with a plan, or higher a landscape designer!
Backyard Landscaping
Patio Designs
Photos of Backyard Design
Focal Points

Screening You Property

Privacy plantings using evergreen trees.

Sometimes you might want landscaping ideas for:

  • privacy from neighbors
  • to block out an unwanted view
  • attractive property line plantings

Or you may desire all of the above! There are various ways to create screening.
Read more: Privacy Plantings


Screening Techniques

  • Plant evergreen trees, but stagger them to make a softer line.
  • Place ornamental trees at various points in front of the evergreen trees. The trees should have a nice feature, such as interesting bark or showy flowers so that they stand out against the evergreen trees.
  • Groups of shrubs and perennials can also be added to the design. When using a particular shrub, try to use at least five. This will be more dramatic.
  • Go here to learn about some great fast growing privacy trees.

You might also be interested in reading about Outdoor Garden Rooms, which can be private areas on your property to meander to and enjoy.

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Inexpensive Landscaping Ideas - your design does not have to break the bank!


Foundation Planting Design

Tudor home with color.

I get so many questions about foundation plant designs. A great design can be achieved by using evergreen shrubs along the house with perennials in front.

Be sure to add trees at house corners and a taller shrub here and there.
Foundation Plants


Tips For Foundation Plantings

  • Use the right size plants. Know the size a plant will be when it is full grown. This provides for a low maintenance design also...no trimming!
  • Try to keep mostly one kind of evergreen shrub as the background layer for unity. If you would like to add an additional variety, place this group towards the center.
  • Place lower shrubs in groups of a minimum of 3 (preferably 5 or more) in front of the taller background shrubs. Use just a few types.
  • Place perennials in the front layer. Use 5 to 9 of each kind. Groundcover can be used with perennials or alone for lower maintenance.
  • Place landscape trees at house corners and one tree near the front door. My Favorite - Red Maple "October Glory"


Designing Your Patio

Curved patio design.

Sure...you want a patio!

  • But what material will you use?
  • What shape will it be?
  • What are you going to do to make it special?


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Designing Your Driveway

Front fountain.

Whether you want a straight driveway with some pizzazz or an elegant circular drive, there are still paving materials, plantings and drainage to consider. Take a look at some of my professional tips, drawings and photos.


Driveway Designs


Interesting Walkways

English gardens with brick walkway.


Swimming Pool Ideas

Swimming pool ideas can be unique.

Swimming pools can be made exciting with the addition of waterfalls, spas, and beach edges (tanning shelves). Waterfalls should be built within a higher elevation to look natural.

Swimming Pool Designs
Pool Pictures


Professional Landscape Designs

AutoCad Drawings

AutoCad patio, steps and pergola.

Take a look at the detail that can be provided in professional landscape designs. These design examples show some great patio ideas too.

Landscape Design Drawings
Patio Pergola Drawing
Patio Pond Drawing


Landscape Designs in 3D

3D pool and decking.

There is nothing like a 3D landscape design to help you envision your project! See what you like, what you don't and what you might like different.


3D Landscape Designs




Other Interesting Pages:

Paving Costs

Perennial Flowers

Waterfall Designs

How To Landscape

Online Landscape Design

Landscaping Cost - how much do things really cost?!

Sketchup - 3D landscape design sofware


Further Help With Front Yards

Designing Front Yards
Learn some great tips on how to create a front yard design that will really be unique and special! Confused about front foundation plants? Are you not sure where to place your plants? Do you want some low maintenance colorful perennials? You will find out about all that and more...take a look.






Designing With Evergreen Shrubs
Take a look at this ebook which has professional landscaping ideas, plant recommendations and pictures. You will find out how to use plants together to create an outstanding design and find out which are the right plants to use for your property.






More Ideas

Sundial clocks
Bird bath fountains
Solar bird baths
Fall landscape


Outdoor Lighting
Lighting - ideas and tips
Types of Lighting
Lighting Contractors
Solar Lighting
Old Fashioned Gas Lights

You might also like to add an interesting landscape structure such as a garden trellis on your house or free standing. A friend of mine has a great shed on it with a green roof which is really unique!

Thinking About a Career In Landscape Architecture?
Landscape Architecture Education
Careers in Landscape Architecture
Landscape Architecture Schools

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In addition, you might enjoy visiting About.com Landscaping - great ideas and information on landscape design.

All of these landscaping ideas follow principles of good landscape architecture, with my own personal twist. Try using them in your landscape design and I think you will find that your garden will be above and beyond the ordinary!


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"Susan,  what a pleasure it was to work with you.  You made me feel like I was your only client - responding late at night and always so quickly!  Your design is amazing and we only hope we can do justice to it when we plant.  You have such fantastic ideas and you are so open to suggestions and changes.  Loved working with you - now if you could only come to Canada and plant it!!!"
Helen, Ontario-Canada 



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Landscape Design Questions & Answers

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Backyard Fencing and Dry Laid Wall 
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Retaining Wall Plantings and Landscape Design 
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Need design help after removal of swimming pool 
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Wow factor needed for front landscaping 
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Front Porch Plants | Front Foundation Plantings and Landscape Design 
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Retaining Wall For Small Ravaged Yard 
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Retaining Wall and Fencing 
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2 Matching Evergreens Needed 
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Growing Irish Moss and Weed Problems 
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Planting Design For Outdoor Pergola 
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Landscape Tree(s) for Front Yard? 
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Landscape Trees | Design | Interested gardener 
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Landscape plantings for a 3' high picket fence 
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DESERT OASIS DESIRED - Backyard Landscape 
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Landscape Drainage 
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Help With Landscaping Around Patio 
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Bluestone Walkway Concrete or Dry Laid 
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Landscape Steps At Landings 
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Small Front Yard Walkway 
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Backyard Landscape and Extending a Concrete Patio Design 
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Extended Patio Behind House With Sloping Garden 
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Landscaping At A Fence | Fence Plantings 
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Small Yard Deck or Pavers 
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Flower bed in front of a window 
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Landscaping A Hill 
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Creating a Level Area 
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Tree at Door 
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Front Yard paver sitting area 
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Large Retaining Wall Landscaping 
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Pyrus calleryana 'Aristocrat' / Zelkova serrata 'Village Green' 
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Blending Retaining Walls and Fencing 
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Concrete Or Vinyl Pool 
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Landscape Trees - Grouping 
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Retaining Wall Safety 
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Accent Shrub for Shamrock Inkberry 
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backyard bird feeders 
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Landscaping for the country yard 
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Travertine pavers for a patio around a new pool at the Jersey Shore. 
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Choosing a Weeping Tree For My Front Yard 
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How Narrow Can My Driveway Design Be? 
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Drainage Issues and Water Collecting in Yard 
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Front Yard Ideas For Landscaping 
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Landscape Design Prices and Proposals 
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Ugly Tree Stumps 
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How To Do An Expensive Landscape Design Project More Inexpensively 
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landscaping a square backyard 
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Landscaping for front porch 
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Landscaping along rock wall at woods edge 
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Front Foundation Plants  
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Landscaping For a Ranch House With Small Front Porch 
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Porch Swing Cushions Add New Life To Your Porch Swing  
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Driveway Edgings For Narrow Driveways 
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separating front lawn without a fence. 
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Landscaping Ideas For a Narrow Backyard Area 
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Regulation Fence Setback Law creates small side yard 
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Landscaping a Slope |Landscape a Hill| Erosion Control 
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Evergreen Trees and Privacy Plantings 
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Plants For Front Yard Walkway 
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Deck Patio Transition 
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Front Yard Plantings 
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Front Flower Bed Pending Love 
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Travertine Tiles and White Substance on Pool Decking - Efflorescence 
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Planting around Large Shade Trees - Oak 
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Tar and Chip 
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Driveway Design Ideas For a Curved Driveway Layout 
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Foundation Planting Design for Tudor House 
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Perennial Flower Beds | Sun Perennials 
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Driveway Ideas | Driveway Plants and Plantings 
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Swimming Pool Coping | Paver and Brick Bullnose 
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Back Yard Design 
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Front Yard Landscape 
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Front Yard Design 
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