December 20, 2019

Historically Sensitive Mid-Modern Planting Plans

This package of three (3) historically appropriate planting plans for traditional Mid Century Modern homes is designed to fit a typical front-yard for the period (approximately 92’ wide X 65’ deep including driveway). The planting plan is designed for landscapes in the intermountain west, for USDA Zones 4-6.

Mid Century Modern era plants were chosen for their simplicity, structural, and sculptural aesthetics. During this era, the ubiquitous American lawn came to dominate most landscapes, and ornamental plants were limited to foundation plantings and accent areas. Much like the architecture of the era, the landscapes became very minimalistic.

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

Traditional Garden: This traditional planting template illustrates what a “typical” Mid-Modern Era front yard would have looked like in a standard neighborhood development pattern in the 1970’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 Mid-Modern era homes. Many of the plants specified would have been widely available and used in landscapes during the Mid-Modern 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 Mid-Modern era homes. The plants specified are plants are xeric, low-water use, and native plants selected and arranged in the spirit of the Mid-Modern movement.

We also offer each of these plans for sale individually on our etsy page. Each design is based on our study of famous Mid-Modern 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 customization services – contact us for details.

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