Nothing is so conducive to general carelessness, slovenliness and neglect as ill kept, unkempt and untidy exteriors. Likewise, nothing is more elevating and uplifting to a community than well arranged, artistic properties (Fig. 4) with well kept lawns and gardens. The effect of such surroundings is magical in its influence, and creates an insistent desire in others for the equal possession of that which is pleasing and beautiful. Figs. 5 and 6 show property before and after planting, from same point of view.
ESTABLISHING A VISTA.
Fig. 1. - Well planned exteriors add greatly to the enjoyment of our surroundings. This planting arrangement emphasizes the bay window on the stairway. - See page 9.
THE PERSONAL NOTE IN THE DESIGN.
Fig. 2 - Lombardy Poplars. In the landscape treatment there is a wide choice of material to suit the individual taste. - See pages 10 and 84.
PINK FLOWERING DOGWOOD.
Fig. 3. - There is a great and satisfactory response to be secured through the cultivation of beautiful trees. - See pages 10 and 84.
A RESULT OF CAREFUL PLANNING.
Fig. 4. - The residence here illustrated is an example of the good results to be obtained from careful planning, - See page 10.
Every house in a community should contribute toward the enjoyment of the inhabitants thereof, in some little artistic excellence, and it is inexplainable why we have so many heterogeneous, unattractive and commonplace properties in communities otherwise refined and cultured. Lack of foresight in the planning is usually the cause. It is important, therefore, that not only individuals, but communities in general plan carefully for the house surroundings.
From a purely practical and financial standpoint much can be said of the importance of careful planning. Landscape work attempted without the most careful consideration of all the details is never very satisfactory and usually entails large additional expenditures for omissions and revisions. In the planning of landscape work the floral adornment is really only one of the many features which must be considered. To make the most of our opportunities, and to solve easily questions of proper grading and draining, the planning for landscape features should start with the locating of the house
From this point, questions of walk and drive arrangement, walk and drive construction, lawn grading and making, drainage, the garden and the garden details, should all be taken up in order. It is only when we have a preconceived and specific plan combining all these elements that the landscape work can proceed in an orderly and economical manner.