Today, the trend in Bend’s housing styles is an adaptation of mid-century modern home designs. Characterized by flat planes, large glass windows and open space, this style of home wants to be integrated with nature. Spaced close together, the homes dominate the lots. Residual areas remain for landscaping. Typically, the builder’s landscape design involves placing diminutive plants in the front yard with a scattering of rocks. These small shrubs and grasses ineffectually complement the house design. What you see is a lack of dimension and perspective in the landscape designs for these mid-century modern homes.
To compliment the house, the landscape design for Bend’s new housing styles should have a bolder approach. Tall, narrow trees and shrubs should be planted to add perspective to narrow beds and borders. Strong visual sight lines set informally into the landscape will complement the house design and integrate it with nature. Imagine a straight line of trees and shrubs in the landscape, such as Swedish aspens or Skyrocket junipers. The straight line will repeats the strong linear effects of the home and may look severe.
To counter balance the linear home lines, the landscape design should incorporate informal, natural groupings of tall, narrow plants in informal groupings. The design should incorporate plants that are spaced irregularly or staggered. For reference, if you take a walk through the undeveloped areas of Shevlin park , you will see plants growing randomly. Even the trees in the aspen groves appear to grow arbitrarily and not in regimented rows.
What plant material should you use for landscape designs for mid-century modern home designs? These plant suggestions will work for Central Oregon for a tall, columnar look:
‘Fastigiata’ Washington Hawthorn, Scarlet Sentinel® Maple, Purple Spire® Columnar Crabapple, Velvet Pillar Crabapple, Chanticleer Pear, European Hornbeam Fastigiate, Pyramidal Mountainash, Swedish Upright Littleleaf Linden or columnar Swedish Aspen.
Van Essen Nursery Arnold Sentinel Austrian Pine are good choices for your mid-century modern landscape designs.
Columnar Norway Spruce, Iseli Fastigiate Colorado Spruce, Swiss Stone Pine, Arnold Sentinel Austrian Pine, and Vanderwolf Pine.
Helmond Pillar Barberry, Sutherland Peashrub, Fineline Buckthorn, Green Tower® Boxwood, Moonglow Juniper, Skyrocket Juniper, and Hicksii Yew.