Getting Started with Landscaping Design

If you are planning on upgrading your landscaping in the near future, there are some rules of landscaping design that would be good to know. You might think landscapers just plant things wherever it is convenient, but the truth is there is a lot of thought that goes into the design of your landscaping.

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Choosing the right plants and spacing is more complicated than you’d imagine, but some basic design rules can help. Let’s look at some simple design rules to follow when choosing your landscaping plants and layout.


One of the most important factors to consider when choosing plants and placement for your landscaping is the size of the plants. This sounds simple enough, but it is essential to not only consider the current size of the plants, but also the eventual size of the plants once they grow to maturity. The size the plants will inevitably grow to be will have a huge impact on their placement as well as the placement of the plants around them.


Once you have determined the proper placement based on size you’ll also want to decide how many of a particular plant you want to incorporate into your landscaping. As a general rule, odd numbers are more pleasing to the eye than even numbers, so adding three rose bushes will be more attractive than adding two or four.

The size and spacing of the plants you choose should help you narrow down how many to include, but generally repeating two or three different plants throughout your space will feel more thought out than 10 different plants altogether.


Using the same plants throughout your entire landscaping design will help your yard feel cohesive and planned out. This doesn’t mean only utilizing one type of plant in your design, but it does mean sticking with plants that are similar.

One great way to do this is to utilize native plants. Rather than using plants that are not native to your environment, choose plants that grow naturally in your climate zone. By using native plants you can help ensure they will flow seamlessly together and also be easier to maintain.

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Landscaping design can be fun for many homeowners, but overwhelming for many others. If you don’t feel like you can design your landscaping, or you simply don’t have the time or desire to, call us at Vin’s Total Care Landscaping. We offer landscaping in Catonsville, MD and we’d love to help you design the perfect yard for you! Contact us today to get started.

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