August 14, 2019

Pre-Designed Plans

Io LandArch is excited to announce our new prefab plantings plans! We are currently offering 3 Historically Sensitive Arts and Crafts Residential Planting Plans, and 3 Historically Sensitive Victorian Planting Plans available on our Etsy page:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/IoLandarch?ref=seller-platform-mcnav

Below is a description of each Arts and Crafts style: Traditional, Edible, and Water-Wise. All three are available as a pack for a discounted price.

This package of three (3) historically accurate planting plans for a traditional Arts and Crafts, Craftsman, and/or Bungalow home is designed to fit a typical front-yard for the period (contact us for more information). The planting plan is is designed for landscapes in the Intermountain West, also referred to as USDA Zones 4-6.

3-Pack Historically Sensitive Arts & Crafts Planting Plans

The Arts and 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 and Crafts Era landscape incorporates the use of mixed border perennial beds and locally sourced materials, as well as adapted native vegetation, trees and shrubs that appear more naturalistic (often muiti-stemmed with low branching and horizontal branching habits). Arts and 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 Io’s architects 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 1900s.  The plants specified are plants that would have been available and widely used during this period, and the arrangement is typical for the period. (Purchase this plan for $120)
  • 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. (Purchase this plan for $120)
  • 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.  (Purchase this plan for $120)

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. During this era, architectural styles and development patterns were very standardized, so this plan should be easily adaptable to most standard-period front yards . 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 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.

3-Pack Historically Sensitive Victorian Planting Plans

This package of three (3) historically appropriate planting plans for traditional Victorian homes is designed to fit a typical front-yard for the period (approximately 50’ wide X 45’ deep). The planting plan is designed for landscapes in the intermountain west, for USDA Zones 4-6 (see provided map image).

Victorian era gardens were all about leisure and beauty.  During this period increasingly prosperous middle and upper classes now had more time and money to build beautifully ornate homes and gardens.  Technological advancements and trade made elaborate garden features, like ornamental iron fences, arbors, benches, fountains popular.  The invention of the lawnmower meant that every home could now have an expansive amount of lawn.  And the availability of large plate glass, and it’s use in greenhouses meant that the Victorians could now easily propagate colorful annuals and exotic plants.  Of course, old-fashioned flowering shrubs and trees were ever popular during the Victorian period.  Carpet bedding was all the rage and was usually placed in the center of lawn areas or along the edges of paths where their low and colorful patterns could easily be enjoyed, viewed from the front porch or by passers-by strolling down the sidewalk.  Foundation planting wasn’t a thing yet, and the lawn usually used as a universal ground cover (extending all the way from sidewalk to the foundation of the home), with shrubs and carpet beds placed like sculpture in the landscape)

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 Victorian Movement.  The plans include the following:

Traditional Garden:  This traditional planting template illustrates what a “typical” Victorian Era front yard would have looked like in a standard neighborhood development pattern in the late 1800’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 Victorian era homes.  Many of the plants specified would have been widely available and used in landscapes during the Victorian 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 Victorian era homes.  The plants specified are plants are xeric, low-water use, and native plants selected and arranged in the spirit of the Victorian movement. 

We also offer each of these plans for sale individually on our etsy page. Each design is based on our study of famous Victorian 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.


Io LandArch would love to work with you! Contact us to set up a complimentary consultation call!