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Old 10-01-00, 08:20 AM
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We just finished building a home and we are going to do the landscaping ourselves but we are having trouble designing the beds and deciding which plants/trees/shrubs to plant. Can anyone recommend a web-site that shows different designs.

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Try Lots of ideas and forums there.
Old 10-02-00, 06:36 AM
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In planning your landscape and selecting which plants to grow there are three factors you need to consider.

1. Know your zone. Climate will dictate which plants will grow well in your area. If you do not know ask at your local nursery.

2. Know your suppliers. Visit your local nurseries and find out which plants are available in your area. These will be the plants best suited to your climate. It is easiest to plan with plants which are readily available in your area.

3. Take an honest evaluation of what type of gardener you are. If you enjoy spending hours in the landscape then a cottage garden, etc. are in your range of choice. If you just want it mowed, edged, and done then a low maintenance shrub, evergreens, trees plan would be a better fit.

For landscape plans and ideas I generally recommend that you take a look at three books available at your local garden center, library, or bookstore.

"Sunset Western Landscaping" book. (It says western but ignore that.) Great ideas and info for everything from planning to plants and trees, garden structures to garden art. Great pictures and inspiration. It even contains "complete" landscape plans which you can adapt to your climate with plants readily available in your area.

"All About Landscaping" by Ortho books. This book contains the A to Z of landscaping including a complete section on installation including irrigation systems, hardscape features, etc. from start to finish. Many good ideas for inspiration.

"Landscape Plans" by Ortho books. This contains 33 sample plans for all styles of homes and detailed help for creating a landscape to suit you. Plus, there is a step-by-step guide to drawing your own plans and listings of the best landscape plants for all regions of the United States (Zones 3 - 10). The plants listed are keyed to the plans shown.

Unlike a web-site, with the books you can lay pages open side-by-side, compare, mix, and bookmark for ideas and plans which you particularly like so you can flip back and forth always keeping the pictures in front of you.

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