This section is from the book "Practical Real Estate Methods For Broker, Operator & Owner", by Thirty Experts. Also available from Amazon: Practical Real Estate Methods for Broker, Operator, Owner.
But it is in the physical treatment of the surface of the ground in the country that the greatest opportunity lies.
Every natural feature of the ground should be most carefully studied in its relation to the whole. The huge boulder which your too practical builder would blast into foundation stone, we would place at the junction of two drives, and if too large to move, we would place the drives so that they should converge there. Then plant some rock cress or dwarf phlox, or a carpet of sea pink partly around its base and some small trailing vines to climb up its sides with a group of low shrubs in the rear.
Utilize the rocks protruding from the edge of the hillside to plant those things whose natural habitat is among the rocks - a group of yuccas, savind, juniper or other low growing evergreens, with erect evergreens in the background, against which the stately white yuccas will stand out as if cut in marble.
Fill up the low places with moisture loving plants, margin the pond with Japan Iris, lobelia cardinalis, the Japanese grasses, red twigged dogwood and yellow barked willow.
If possible, provide ample reservation for the common pleasure of all the residents. Convert the swamp into a lake or pond, stocking it with goldfish to eat up the larvae of the mosquito. The value of land devoted to such purposes is not lost, but is more than regained by the added value imparted to the remainder.
Look out for fine vistas from the high points; if you have none, create them by good planting.