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AN ORGANIZED FRONT

USING PLANTS TO MIMIC STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS AND CREATE A FORMAL ENTRANCE.

This is a smaller project but it shows what an impactful statement can be made by focusing energy towards the entrance to a building or complex. This condominium complex was built about 30 years ago and most of the plantings were probably original. It was time to refresh.

  • Front entrance afterFront entrance to the complex after remodeling.
  • Front entrance beforeThe front entrance before remodeling.

Most condominium properties have a fair number of complexities to their exterior features and the design of the overall building is usually completed before the landscaping is considered. This was the situation here. An interesting arrangement of different perennials with interplay of textures and colors would be lost against the complex backdrop of the structural elements. What was really needed was a very minimalist and structured planting. Instead of competing with the structure these plants complement it and bring an orderly feel to the environment.

This was achieved with a variety of hardy, tolerant plants, quite ideal for a condo complex. The Boxwood and Creeping Fig mimicked the structural elements of the space, and at the same time created an organic transition for the standard form Crepe Myrtles with their more loosely formed canopy.