December 20, 2019

Historically Sensitive Arts and Crafts Planting Plans

This package of three (3) historically accurate planting plans for traditional Arts and Crafts, Craftsman, and/or Bungalow homes is designed to fit a typical front-yard for the period (approximately 50’ wide by 30’ deep). The planting plan is is designed for landscapes in the intermountain west, for USDA Zones 4-6 (see provided map image).

The Arts & Crafts Era was defined by a return to nature and natural elements, with a strong respect for craftsmanship and hand-made objects and designs. In contrast to the Victorian Era excess that preceded it, it was defined by simplicity, and celebrated hand-made objects and designs. A traditional Arts & Crafts Era landscape incorporates the use of mixed border perennial beds, and locally sourced materials, as well as adapted native vegetation and trees and shrubs that appear more naturalistic appearance (often with muiti-stemmed, low branching, horizontal branching habits). Arts & Crafts Era neighborhoods usually lacked front-yard fences and the lawns and gardens flowed into each other, giving the appearance of homes in a park.

We specialize in researching and documenting historic landscapes, and designed each of these planting plans to achieve harmony with the architecture and philosophy of the Arts and Crafts Movement. The plans include the following:

Traditional Garden: This traditional planting template illustrates what a “typical” Arts and Crafts Era front yard would have looked like in a standard neighborhood development pattern in the early 1900’s. The plants specified are plants that would have been available and widely used during this period, and the arrangement is typical for the period.

Edible Garden: This adapted front-yard planting template accommodates front-yard vegetable gardening and edible landscaping that is sensitive to the context and architecture of Arts and Crafts era homes. Many of the plants specified would have been widely available and used in landscapes during the Arts and Crafts period.

Water-Wise Garden: This adapted front-yard planting template to accommodate water-wise and native intermountain plant material sensitive to the context and architecture of Arts and Crafts era homes. The plants specified are plants are xeric, low-water use, and native plants arranged in a design inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement.

We also offer each of these plans for sale individually – for $120/ea! Each design is based on our study of famous Arts and Crafts Landscape Designers, historic photos showing period landscapes, historic garden design resources, as well our own observations of well-preserved historic landscapes and gardens. Because architectural styles and development patterns during this era were very standardized, this plan should be easily adaptable to most standard, period front yards easily by adding or deleting plants as needed. However if you would like, we offer an additional customization service for $500.

Each planting plans features symbols identifying the type and location of each individual plant (or grouping of multiples of the same plants for mixed border perennial bed areas). Each plant symbol is keyed to a legend offering several options for plant species selection – this is to accommodate for personal preference as well as local/seasonal availability of plant materials. Note: This is a plan only and does not include the actual plants.

To purchase and download this planting plan, call, email, or visit or etsy page at