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PO Box 636, Jamesville, NY 13078
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Imagine your new landscape!

Plantscapes and design focus particularly on the selective placement of plants.  In other words, "the right plants, in the right places."  As a result, the plants unify the design and not the hardscaping.  Often, hardscaping can overpower the plants as if they are placed into rooms apart from nature.  Plantscapes, or softscapes, on the other hand reverses that trend toward a more natural balance.  Paths and walls support the design and don't become it. 

 In view of this concept, Such a Lush can install a unique plantscape based on your preferences within a new or an existing plant bed.  From basic to intricate, call us at 315-876-4366 to get started.


Types of Plantscapes, Gardens, Plantings, and Design

There are many different types of gardens, each with its own style and approach.  With all the choices one would expect a wide variety across the urban and suburban landscape.  Surprisingly, this isn't the case for a few reasons in particular.  Primarily though, it's because each time period develops its own popular practices. 

That being said, it is recommended to choose a style that complements the building structure and supports the way the land is being used.  And we encourage including native plants in whatever is chosen.  Any style can include eco-friendly methods and choices, and we'll be glad to help with these.


Examples of Plantscapes & Design

  1. Traditional border garden
  2. Minimalistic or modern design
  3. Specimen planting
  4. Foundation planting
  5. Rain/water garden
  6. Matrix planting (wildscaping)
  7. Shade garden
  8. Perennial garden, informal and formal
  9. Native plant garden
  10. Colonial garden
  11. Nature waystation, e.g. birds, butterflies, bees, critters
  12. Edible garden
  13. Swath planting
  14. Xeriscaping
  15. Rock garden
  16. Oriental design
  17. English cottage garden
  18. Victorian garden
  19. French-style garden
  20. Arts & Craft design
  21. Woodland garden
  22. Naturalized/restoration planting
  23. Mixed

Matrix Planting (Wildscaping)

An Upcoming Plantscape & Design Choice

Matrix planting or wildscaping is gaining some favor, especially in revitalized urban areas.  Formerly, the choices would either have been swath planting (i.e. zipper style) with its linear repetition or aesthetics planting with its variety organized into select groupings of odd numbers.  Aesthetics plantings especially gained popularity around suburban homes.  And these would include foundation, feature, specimen, and accent plants grouped into a type of landscape portrait.  Now, matrix planting offers a more natural design that mimics the wildness, fluidity, and resilience of nature.


What is Matrix Planting

Matrix planting is a landscaping approach that selects and places plants according to how nature might arrange them.  They are layered into an eco-system based on plant compatibility and conditions of the space, made up of firstly, the base (ground), secondly, seasonal flowers, and thirdly, sculptural specimens.  Plants don't have a specific footprint or a strict location in particular.  Furthermore, they are allowed to grow into each other, self-sow, and stay in place through winter.  In essence, nature is a co-landscaper and the results are something that is natural and self-sustaining. 


The Goals of Matrix Planting

  • reduce human inputs, e.g. fertilizers, energy, weeding
  • support nature, e.g. low chemical use, native plants for birds and bees
  • natural aesthetic, i.e. "the right plant, the right place"


Raised Cedar Garden Beds


Swath Planting Design

Matrix Planting

Aesthetics Planting


Benefits of Plantscapes:

There are many benefits to landscaping the property of a building or home.   Enhances curb appeal and beautifies Increases land value Helps achieve a goal, e.g. privacy, erosion control, shade Defines outdoor space and its use Gives to back to nature
Over seven years in business, planting over 900 perennials, trees, and shrubs; Utilize valuable resources from University Cooperative Extensions and shared information from other gardeners
Softscapes, Wildscapes, perennial borders, foundation plantings, raised beds, fruit beds
Your satisfaction is our number one priority and our work isn't done until you are satisfied
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