Landscape design: Overview of a great summer |

Landscape design: Overview of a great summer

John D. Longhill
Landscape Architect

Well, gardeners and “budding” landscape designers of Summit County, we have covered a variety of topics about high altitude landscape design in Summit County, since I first started this column in May. We have explored topics about site planning; creating outdoor spaces; plant characteristics; intuitive landscape design; how pine beetles have created new opportunities with your landscape; how perennials differ from annuals; the art of landscape design; reducing maintenance through good design; high country plant selections, and finally native plants. As we move into ski season and the holidays, our thoughts move from green to white, and this article today will conclude this year’s column on high altitude landscape design.

In May, we discussed how to start thinking about your landscape design by listing all the outdoor activities you wanted to include as part of your landscape. The next three articles were about site planning and visualizing the outdoors as a space. In that article I discussed getting to know your space and using your imagination, so you could take the best advantage of what your site has to offer. Articles four and five discussed plants, and how their unique characteristics make up a “personality.” For most of June, July and August we talked about a variety of design considerations that included landscape as an art form, and the elements and the principles of landscape design. In September, we discussed specific plants that do well in our region, along with maintenance considerations, and finally native plants.

Many of these articles were generated from our readers, from e-mails and verbal questions I received around town about landscape design in Summit County. So, even though summer has ended and old man winter is peeking his head around the corner, I encourage you to think about questions and interests that you have about landscape design over the winter, and continue to e-mail or call me. These questions and comments will form the basis for what I will write about in the spring.

Some readers have also expressed interest in being able to access copies of articles they either missed or lost, so I have listed all the articles with the online version of this column at

I hope you have a great winter, think green and I look forward to “seeing” you in the Spring!

John Longhill is the owner of: John Longhill – Landscape Architect ( A site planning/landscape design office located in Silverthorne. John can be reached at (970) 468-0924 or e-mail at

High Altitude Landscape Design 5.2.09

Gardening: First, Know Your Space 5.9.09

Gardening: Know Your Space – Part II 5.23.09

Creating Outdoor Spaces 5.30.09

Plants have Personalities too 6.7.09

(Missing link to the article from the 7th – not found in archives)

Gardening – Plant Personalities – June 13th

Intuitive Landscape Design 6.21.09

The Brighter side of beetle kill 6.28.09

Perennials vs. Annuals 7.5.09

The art of landscape design 7.12.09

The components of landscape design 7.26.09

Color Texture and scale in landscaping 8.2.09

The principles of landscape design 8.9.09

Proportion, Rhythm and focalization 8.16.09

Ultimate guide to mountain plants 8.23.09

Good design = Less Maintenance 8.30.09

Trees in the High Country 9.6.09

Shrubs in the High Country 9.13.09

A Primer on Perennials part – I 9.20.09 (Missing link to this article – not found in archives)

A Primer on Perennials part II 10.04.09

Native Plants 10.11.09

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