13 Common Landscape Mistakes: 2. Not working with what you already have.

As a landscape designer, nothing drives me more crazy than homeowners and professionals who disregard the site analysis and history of a property.  Follow this simple approach for a successful and unified landscape.  If you have a lot of shade, install a shade garden.  Don’t try to install a bunch of plants that thrive in full sun.  It seems obvious but I’m amazed at how many times I see a style of garden that has been forced into a space it shouldn’t be.  You are just setting yourself, and the landscape up for eventual failure.  In the same token, it’s always a good idea to reduce your paving materials down to one or two.  If your house has a brick and bluestone stoop that isn’t going to be replaced, then please create a new walkway leading up to the existing stoop in either a matching brick or bluestone.  Don’t build the new walkway out of stone or worse a concrete paver that sort of looks like brick.  Tacky!  The overall goal is to marry house and landscape so it create a seamless, unified effect.  Believe me, you can’t create a unified effect with a handful of  different paving materials around every corner.  The landscape will look disjointed and hodgepodge.  Choose your hardscape materials wisely and remember……less is always better!

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Richard Schipul
Richard Schipul

For the last 30 years, I have owned the landscape company Designing Eden LLC based in New Milford, CT. We offer landscape designs, landscape installations and garden maintenance services in Fairfield and Litchfield County Connecticut. I am currently the only Nationally Certified Landscape Designer in Litchfield County and sit on the board of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and Mad Gardeners.


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