If you pick plants well and combine them skillfully (two of the most important sustainability concepts), they'll be an asset and a delight for decades and even centuries. Choose poorly, and they'll torment you forever, growing too large, becoming invasive or hazardous, or suffering from poor growing conditions. So give the selection of trees, shrubs, and smaller plants your utmost attention. The following sections detail some practical matters to be aware of. (Check out Chapters 5 and 6 for plant, tree, and shrub design considerations.)
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How would you like to save a ton of money and increase the value of your home by as much as thirty percent! If your homes landscape is designed properly it will be a source of enjoyment for your entire family, it will enhance your community and add to the resale value of your property. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs and other plants on the property. It is an art which deals with conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor space for human satisfaction and enjoyment.