Landscape design is an art that works with a canvas distinctly different from other art forms. The "art" is always changing as the plants grow, environmental conditions change, and people use the space.
When designing a residential landscape, the most important step is to put a plan on paper. Developing a master plan will save you time and money and is more likely to result in a successful design.
A master plan is developed through the "design process:" a step-by-step method that considers the environmental conditions, your desires, and the elements and principles of design. The goal is to organize the natural and man-made features in your yard into an aesthetic, functional, and environmentally sustainable landscape.
Specific types of gardens can be born out of necessity, like container gardens, or a design theme can offer inspiration and guidance, such as Mediterranean or butterfly gardens.
Florida's unique features can make gardening a challenge for new residents and first-time gardeners. Some spaces have more universal challenges, like an abundance of shade or a lack of space. We have suggestions for creating beauty in a variety of landscapes.
There are many facets to our landscapes—they're for relaxation, edible gardening, socializing, playing with our children or pets, and so much more. Here you'll find information on everything in our yards besides plants.
We're lucky in Florida to have incredibly diverse wildlife, but natural habitats are diminishing. We offer guidance on attracting native wildlife like birds and pollinators, as well as tips on living with animals that aren't always as welcome, like deer and moles.