Comfortable French Country Landscape Design

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Here are the first images of the basic house in the computer system.

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My program represents areas as flat but we know there is a slope and any estimates will reflect the slope. There is a form at the bottom of the page if you have links that you want to share.



This may be a little different than what you were expecting but I was excited about some ideas I wanted to share. I would like some feedback on what you see. Remember these are only images that can be changed.


The row of trees to the left are Columnar Hornbeams, the evergreen at the corner is a Hinoki Cypress, the three tall columnar evergreens are Blue Arrow Junipers, the dark green small evergreens are Otto Luyken Laurels, there are 7 Rosmaries, and 3 Lilacs in the design for the front  you are seeing.

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There is a window on your  home right where the stone is in the above image and I cannot put a window on a stone wall in this program. If I have to put a window I will find a way but in the design nothing will be blocking the spot. In the beds of this design is a loose rock and boulders. I am looking for some feedback on the ideas in this design.


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In the view below you can see large evergreens ( Canadian Hemlocks ), Laurels at the gate and Green Mountain Boxwoods framing the entrance to the back yard.

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From this above view you can see what the neighbors will eventually see as the Hemlocks become fully grown.

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Above are the Green Mountain Boxwoods framing the gate.


In this back yard there are Hydrangeas in white, and Blue Fortune Agistache in the lavender colored blooming plants.


Down the walkway on the left are Hydrangea, and a shade tolerant Hinoki Cypress.


As we get closer to the deck area there are more Hydrangea, a Hinoki Cypress and on the right is a Canadian Cap Yew.


The white blooming plants on the back of the seat bench are a white blooming Spirea.

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In the above view you can see two Liberty Hollies on the other two corners of the home.

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In the above image there are Otto Luyken Laurels near the wooden pole by the driveway, and below are the Mountain Laurels, my program has a limited amount of this plant to choose from and these are the best example.


In the below image you can see the magnolia in the front yard.

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The Rosemary have been changed to Otto’s and the Otto’s near the home have been changed to Gardenia’s.

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After you reminded me about the other gate I have re-arranged the area by the gates.


The Juddii Viburnum pictured above are semi – deciduous, they keep a portion of leaves during the winter. This plant has a sweet smelling pink bloom in the spring and interesting fall color.

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Near the deck I changed the Hinoki Cypress’s to a form of Boxwood that tolerates plenty of shade. I believe Hinoki’s need a little more light than what you have. I had chosen a shade tolerant variety but after reading more I just want to be sure what you get lives in your conditions.


Where the viburnum are I placed Hydrangea’s between and in front.


Where the Hollies were I changed them out with Oakleaf Hydrangea that will have fall color, summer blooms, and winter exfoliating bark.


The plants between the corners are Red or Yellow Twig Dogwood. In the winter they have a really interesting colored stem and will take the shade.

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The above image is a top down view of the seating area. Talk to you soon.

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  1. Kelly & Cristi Graham February 13, 2017 2:36 am 

    Hi Dalton,
    The area where you have the pool in the rendering is fine, as the pool will most probably be “phase II” of our overall plan. We are considering roughly a 14×25 size for the future. So please proceed with the pathway area including a pad for our current fire pit on legs and the seat/wall with flower bed in it like the one you showed us from a previous job you did. The path will just end for now where the deck will start in the future. Our priority at this point is trees & landscape. Thanks, Kelly & Cristi

    • Landscaper February 14, 2017 3:45 am 

      Ok great I will take the pool out for now and it can always be put back. I will save a copy of the design with it in that we can refer back to if need be.

  2. Kelly & Cristi Graham February 14, 2017 3:33 pm 

    HI! This looks very nice! What about switching the 7 Columnar Hornbeams to 3-4 Mountain Laurels, staggered in their placement? No rosemary, but move the Otto Luyken Laurels there instead. Then under the window next to the beautiful Hinoki Cypress-could we have Gardenias? Would love to see a Magnolia Tree in the front yard – maybe in the center of the area of grass toward driveway?

  3. Kelly & Cristi Graham February 16, 2017 12:39 am 

    Hi Dalton, this looks good! We sent you a response yesterday, but don’t see it here…? Here it is again: Instead of the 7 Columnar Hornbeams what about 3 or 4 Mountain Laurels? Could we substitute Otto Luyken Laurels for the Rosemary’s? Maybe put 3 gardenias where the Ottos are now? How about a Magnolia on the right side center of grass area in yard ( left of the driveway.) Thanks, Kelly and Cristi

    • Landscaper February 16, 2017 4:22 am 

      Ok no problem these ideas will be in the next update, I am uploading a new update later tonight. Have a great evening.

  4. Kelly & Cristi Graham February 16, 2017 3:22 pm 

    Love the backyard design and colors of hard shape and plantings. Just heard hemlock and hollies are poisonous for dogs though. Need different choices there. Also there is a gate measuring 8′ wide that is 4′ to the right of the smaller walkway gate for mower access so can you reset that area mulch/plant wise please. I can send you a picture of the gate area via text if you need it..
    Thanks, Kelly & Cristi

    • Landscaper February 17, 2017 2:34 am 

      Ok great no problem, I forgot about the other gate there. In my next update it will have the changes for the front and back.

  5. Kelly & Cristi Graham February 17, 2017 11:58 pm 

    This looks terrific, we might make a color change in the loose rock color, but otherwise looks lovely! The mountain laurel we like is Kalmia Latifolia if that helps in your cost estimate. Also we will wait to do anything to the telephone pole in front. Please give us an estimate to do this job, and if we select your company for the work: when you can start the improvements and what would the finish date be? Thank you Dalton,
    Kelly & Cristi

  6. Kelly & Cristi Graham February 20, 2017 10:46 pm 

    Hi Dalton, in your cost estimate would you please include cement under the screened back porch?
    Thank you, Kelly & Cristi

    • Landscaper February 23, 2017 1:24 am 

      No problem I will estimate to do concrete under the back porch.

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