Modern Landscape Design Plants for Portland
As a Portland landscape designer I enjoy helping clients who want modern landscape design plants.
While well crafted hardscape is the key element to a successful modern style landscape, plant selection and how they are used is critical.
Here are a few things I keep in mind. Balanced plant repetition, contrasting textures and overall shapes of plants, full season interest plantings, and low maintenance plants. Keep in mind that the typical plants for modern style are not great for wildlife because they lack diversity. My designs consider the clients many unique interests. A modern style design can have wildlife friendly plants included.
Here are 10 plants that work well for modern landscape design and are fairly easy to find.
Narrow Vertical Plants
Japanese Holly ‘Sky Pencil’ – Ilex crenata (pictured)
Italian Cypress ‘Tiny Towers’ – Cupressus semptervirens
Italian Cypress ‘Swane’s Golden’ – Cupressus sempervirens
Low Edger Plants
Black Mondo grass – Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’
Green Japanese Mondo grass – Ophiopogon japonicus
Hens and Chicks – Sempervivum
Other Grasses and Shrubs
Grama Grass ‘ Blonde Ambition‘ – Boutelous gracilis
American Switch Grass ‘ Shenendoah’ – Panicum virgatum
Nandina D. ‘Firepower’ – Nandina domestica (dwarf form)
Hebe (prostrate form) – Hebe Albicans ‘Sussex Carpet’