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1. Plan for equipment access

At some point in the life of your home, you will be faced with a project or repair that requires some loud, monstrous machine to get into your backyard.  Plan for it in advance, or be faced with having to tear out some of your precious plantings.

2. Start with (and maintain) the focal points

Stated simply, a focal point is something that "makes you look."  Although we typically think of using a specimen tree or statue as a focal point, there are many other possibilities.  The key is to find something different from the rest of your landscape in form, texture or color.  It could be an architectural feature of your house or even a borrowed view.

3. Leave formal landscapes to the rich and famous

A formal landscape is one of the most challenging to create, and the upkeep can be arduous.  Symmetry is very difficult to maintain.  If, for example, you have two identical evergreens at the corners of the house and one dies, it could be very difficult to find a matching replacement.  Sometimes the only choice is to replace both, which adds to the expense.

4. Keep curves in check

Incorporating curves will add interest to your garden, but don't overdo it.  A collection of amoeba-shaped beds would be overkill, as would a curvy path that takes you far out of the way of your destination.  Long, subtle curves are often best.

5. Add movement

A landscape without movement is like a painting.  Paintings are fine for hanging on a wall, but a garden needs movement to add life and interest.  No garden is complete without some ornamental grasses to sway in the breeze.  Add flowers to attract hummingbirds and butterflies, and several berry producers for the birds.

6. Accent your home

Unless your house is an architectural masterpiece, it could benefit from some thoughtful plantings to soften the edges and help it blend with the surroundings.  But take care not to end up at the other extreme, a house that is hidden by overgrown shrubbery.  Even the smallest start home usually has some interesting architectural features.  The best design will highlight that feature.

7. Take nothing for granted

When you live in a place for a while, you tend to accent existing features as obstacles, sometimes without completely noticing them.  Rather than designing around the overgrown shrubbery, established trees, or worn-out deck, consider removing them.  You may discover new possibilities, such as a sunny spot for a vegetable garden or rose bed.

8. Right plan, right spot

This phrase should be repeated constantly during each visit to the nursery.  In addition to knowing the full-grown size, consider growth rate as well.  Since they get large more quickly, fast-growing plants may seem like a bargain.  In the end, however, time and money spent on pruning and other maintenance may outweigh the initiatl savings.

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