Landscape Ideas

"Natural Hardscapes / Native Softscapes"

Increase the value and beauty of your home or office by creating a Plano landscape that is tailored to your taste, needs, likes and dislikes. Check out, take note or write into the "new client questionairre" the things that suit you and that you like!

Hardscapes

Backyards

  • Aesthetic Appeal, Reading/Relaxing, Entertaining, Outdoor Dining, Lighting
  • Outdoor Kitchens, Saunas, Sleeping Porches, Fire Places & Pits, Arbors
  • Attract Birds & Butterflys, Kids & Animal friendly, Scented Gardens
  • Privacy/screening, Shade, Sound Barriers, Storage,/Utility Areas
  • Flower Beds, Patios, Pools, Fountains, Rock Gardens, Paths, Expansive Lawns
  • Drainage Remediation, Rain Gardens, Irrigation Modifications, Green Roofs

Frontyards

  • Walk up and Drive by Appeal, Entrance Enhancement
  • Expanded Beds and Plantings, Easy to maintain Lawns
  • Stone or Aesthetic walkways, Borders, Boulders,
  • Landscape Lighting, Seating areas

Retaining Walls

  • Boulder, Pavestone, Wood, Chopped Stone, Builder Stone, Stacked Stone,

Patios

  • Gravel/Aggregate, Flagstone, Tile/Slate, Pavestone, Concrete, Wood Decks

Borders

  • Straight Edge, Chopped Stone, River Rock, Boulders, Flagstone, Builder Stone

Paths/Walks

  • Gravel/Aggregate, Flagstone, Tile/Slate, Pavestone, Concrete, Decking, Mulched

Softscapes

Please see our "Landscape Photos" page for specific plant species. Always choose local/native, drought tolerant plant species.

Trees

  • Shade/Privacy, Ornamental/Full Size, Evergeen/Deciduous, Attract Birds

Shrubs

  • Foundation plants, Evergreen/Decidious, Various Colors & heights

Groundcovers/Vines

  • Cover large areas quick, Evergeen/Decidious, Flowering, Trailing

Perennials

  • Attract Birds/Wildlife, Vibrant Color, Primarily Decidious(come back each year) 

Grasses

  • Height/Vertical Element, Visual Movement, Mass Plantings

Lawns

  • Plant Buffalo or Zoysia for reduced water & maintenance

Soils - visit www.soilbuildingsystems.com

  • Amend your soils with compost, additional amendments, Till the soil

Mulches

  • Hardwood Mulch breaks down and provides natural nutrients to soils

Garden Features

Fences

  • Neigbor Fences, Screening, Privacy, Most common is Cedar

Arbors/Pergolas

  • Shade Structures, Outdoor Living Rooms, Can be made with curves

Trellises

  • Screening pool equipment, Element Height in Garden

Water Features

  • Garden Globes, Pondless & Pond Water Features

Pots & Containers

  • Window/Stand Alone Planters, Clay/Glazed Pots of various sizes & shapes
  • Plant Annuals and/or mix with perennials

Fire Places / Pits

  • Enjoying the Cool Fall weather, Gathering area, Pits or Fireplaces

Outdoor Kitchens/Grills

  • Grill areas, Built in Grills, Full Outdoor Cooking experience

Landscape Lighting

  • Bring your home to life at night, Additional Security

Furniture

  • Relaxing, Reading, Sitting or Entertaining, Small Cafe tables or large dining tables
  • Large Stumps & Thoughtfully placed Boulders make great natural seats

Resources

Stone/Gravel

  • Contractors-Stone.com, Customstone.com, WhizQStone.com

Plant Nurseries

  • Rhodes, Green Mamas, Northaven Gardens, Southwest Wholesale

Soils/Mulches

  • Soilbuildingsystems.com, Livingearth.net

Interlocking Concrete Paving Products

  • Pavestone.com, Belgard.com, Interlocking Concrete Paver Institute

Outdoor Grilling Products

  • BBQ's Galore, The Firehouse

City Gardens

  • Heard Musuem, Dallas Arboretum, Ft.Worth Botanical Gardens
  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Good Books to have

  • Plants of Texas, Good, Bad & Ugly, Native Grasses

Associations/Clubs/memberships

  • Native Plant Society of Texas, North Texas Green Building Council, TNLA
  • BBB, Local Chamber of Commerce, Local Garden Clubs
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