Planting Palette

The process of designing with plant materials during preliminary design is one of studying and using plants in a broad brush manner. Plants are located to fulfill architectural, aesthetic, engineering, and environmental functions while complimenting the overall intended character and style of the landscape design. Consideration is also given to the desired visual characteristics of plants, including size, form, foliage color, and foliage texture. The identification of proposed plant materials by specific common or botanical name usually waits until the preparation of the Planting Plan phase of the project.

The extent of plant variation incorporated in any given residential site is a matter of judgment. While some variety is desirable for visual stimulus, too much diversification can be chaotic. There should be some balance between using some plants for repetition throughout the site, and other plants primarily to extend the plant palette. The decision regarding plant variety should also take into account the desired character of the landscape design and the building’s architectural style. This is why we, at Skii Landscape Architecture, have worked long and hard on a long list of plant varieties we feel help accomplish all the necessary elements of design and function for site specifics that plants should fulfill.

Here is a list of our Tried and True Plants up to this point, and we are continually adding as we experiment with new species, and learn of new plants from the nurseries:

Perennials

  • Astilbe
  • Autumn Joy Sedum
  • Bearded Iris
  • Bleeding Heart
  • Blue Spruce Sedum
  • Brunnera
  • Butterfly Weed
  • Campanula
  • Cannas
  • Columbine
  • Coreopsis
  • Creeping Phlox
  • Daylily varieties
  • Delphinium
  • Dianthus
  • Dwarf Mondo Grass
  • Fern
  • Helleborus
  • Hens & Chicks Sedum
  • Heuchera varieties
  • Horsetail Fern
  • Hosta varieties
  • Ice Plant
  • Jacob’s Ladder
  • Japanese Painted Fern
  • Lady’s Mantle
  • Lamb’s Ear
  • Lamium
  • Lantana
  • Lavender
  • Liriope
  • Lungwort
  • Maidenhair Fern
  • Many Sedum varieties
  • May Night Salvia
  • Miscanthus Grass
  • Ostrich Fern
  • Powis Castle Artemesia
  • Purple ConeFlower
  • Russian Sage
  • Sage
  • Scabiosa
  • Shasta Daisy
  • Siberian Iris
  • Silver Mound Artemesia
  • Solomon’s Seal
  • Spiderwort
  • Stonecrop Sedum
  • Sword Fern
  • Tiarella
  • Veronica

 

Ornamental Grasses

  • Adagio Dwarf Maiden Grass
  • Bamboo varieties
  • Blue Sedge Grass
  • Coral Bells Azalea
  • Fernleaf Bamboo
  • Flame Grass
  • Golden Bamboo
  • Graziella Maiden Grass
  • Hairy Wood Rush
  • Hameln Dwarf Fountain Grass
  • Japanese Forest Grass
  • Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass
  • Karly Rose Grass
  • Kuma Zasa
  • Little Bunny Dwarf Fountain Grass
  • Moudry Dwarf Fountain Grass
  • Nippon Fountain Grass
  • Ornamental Blue Fescue
  • Sedges
  • Shenandoah Switch Grass
  • Silberfeder Fountain Grass
  • Sioux Blue Indian Grass
  • Yaku Jima Fountain Grass
  • Zebra Grass

 

Deciduous Shrubs

  • Abelia
  • Anthony Waterer Spirea
  • Burning Bush
  • Chinese Snowball
  • Cotoneaster
  • Crimson Pygmy Barberry
  • Dwarf Crapemyrtle
  • Dwarf Purpurea Nandina
  • Golden Elf Spirea
  • Golden Nugget Barberry
  • Goldflame Spirea
  • Goldmound Spirea
  • Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick/Contorted Filbert
  • Japanese Kerria
  • Knock Out Rose
  • Lilac
  • Magic Carpet Spirea
  • Nikko Blue Hydrangea
  • Nine Bark
  • Oakleaf Hydrangea
  • Orange Rocket Barberry
  • Peegee Hydrangea
  • Peony
  • Red Yucca
  • Redtwig Dogwood
  • Smoke Bush
  • Tiny Gold Barberry
  • Virginia Sweetspire
  • Yucca
Evergreen Shrubs

  • Alleghaney Viburnum
  • Aucuba
  • Azalea Species
  • Bar Harbour Juniper
  • Bright n Tight Cherrylaurel
  • Camelia
  • Cleyera
  • Densiformis Yew
  • Doublefile Viburnum
  • Dwarf Boxwood
  • Dwarf Purpurea Nandina
  • Emerald Green Arborvitae
  • English Boxwood
  • Espalier Pyrancantha
  • Fernspray Cypress
  • Foster Holly
  • Golden Fernspray Cypress
  • Green Giant Arborvitae
  • Green Mountain Boxwood
  • Gulfstream Nandina
  • Harbor Belle Nandina
  • Harbor Dwarf Nandina
  • Holly Species
  • Juniper Species
  • Japanese Boxwood
  • Korean Boxwood
  • Korean Spice Viburnum
  • Leatherleaf Mahonia
  • Leucothoe
  • Little Rascal Holly
  • Loropetalum
  • Mahonia
  • Mugo Pine
  • Nandina
  • Nellie Stevens Holly
  • Otto Luyken Cherrylaurel
  • Photinia
  • Pieris
  • Rhododendron Species
  • Schip Cherrylaurel
  • Snowball Viburnum
  • William Penn Barberry

 

Vines and Groundcovers

 

Trees

  • Allee Elm
  • American Holly
  • Aristocrat Pear
  • Atlas Cedar
  • Austrian Pine
  • Bald Cypress
  • Bosque Elm
  • Cherry Varieties
  • Chinese Fringetree
  • Chinese Pistache
  • Colorado Spruce
  • Corkscrew Willow
  • Crabapple varieties
  • Crapemyrtle
  • Deciduous Holly
  • Deodar Cedar
  • Dogwood varieties
  • Elm varieties
  • Forest Pansy Redbud
  • Frontier Elm
  • Gingko
  • Golden Atlas Cedar
  • Golden Deodar Cedar
  • Golden Raintree
  • Golden Willow
  • Hemlock
  • Heritage Birch
  • Japanese Maple Varieties
  • Kwanzan Cherry
  • Lacebark Elm
  • Lacebark Pine
  • Leyland Cypress
  • Linden
  • Little Gem Magnolia
  • Live Oak
  • Loblolly Pine
  • Maple varieties
  • Oak varieties
  • Purpleleaf Plum
  • Redbud
  • River Birch
  • Saucer Magnolia
  • Scotch Pine
  • Serpentine Cedar
  • Skyline Locust
  • Smoke Tree
  • Southern Magnolia
  • Star Magnolia
  • Thornless Honeylocust
  • Urbanite Ash
  • Vanderwolf Pine
  • Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar
  • Weeping Higan Cherry
  • Weeping Juniper
  • Weeping Willow
  • White Pine
  • Whitebud
  • Yaupon Holly
  • Zelkova