Landscape Renovation: Piece by Piece

  Before and after photos of a landscape renovation project. The work involved is well worth the results..
Photo credit: Water-Wise Plants for Utah Landscapes

Landscape renovation piece by piece spreads the cost of installation over time.

Consider a plan for the entire property before deciding how and where to begin, otherwise, connections to other parts of the property may end up seeming cobbled together or fragmented. 

Two ways to approach this type of landscape renovation are to renovate each area …

Designing Shrub Bed Areas With Water Conservation in Mind


General information on using shrubs in the landscape. Source: Nebraska Extension

Shrubs are very versatile and provide functional and visual benefits in water-wise landscape designs. Shrubs can be used for screening unsightlyviews, adding year round beauty, and as visual transitions between trees and shorter herbaceous perennials and groundcovers.  Fortunately, local garden centers are increasing their inventory of native and water-wise shrubs.

Design Considerations

Shrubs are available in vase, mounding, upright, and spreading forms. Since shrubs have …

Landscape Design: Creating Unity (experienced gardeners)

  Japanese garden theme. Photo source: Landscape Design Advisor Media Director Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0


Repetition of color, plant material, and shape, are used to create unity in this more formal symmetrical design. Photo credit: Landscape Design Advisor Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0


Unity, in landscape design, is the overarching design principle that is used to create a sense of wholeness or harmony in the landscape.

Using too many individual plants or other objects in the landscape often leads to a cluttered …