Softscape Plant Tips for Landscape Design

Modern Landscape

When trying to achieve a modern look clean lines are a must. Concrete stepping stones laid in artificial turf or rock would definitely achieve that modern look. Adding lit pathways to your design would accentuate the look. Plant boxes made of concrete or wood are also a very desirable addition to complete a modern landscape look.

Some very popular plants that would accentuate that modern look are listed below.


Holds an upright and elongated shape creating a clean look.
Yucca Plant and Flowers
Yucca Plant


Simple yet geometric look will add depth.
Aeonium Plant
Aeonium Plant

Red Hot Poker

Produces vibrant color to add an extra pop of color.
Red Hot Poker Flower
Aeonium Plant


These shrubs may require upkeep in terms of shape but their vibrant green color will sure be an eye catcher in your modern style landscape.
boxwood plant

Lily of the Nile

Produce beautiful starlike flowers to compliment a contemporary design.
Lily of the nile
Lily of the Nile

Mediteranean Landscape

A mediterranean landscape design can be composed of an unlimited amount of color creating a breathtaking scenery. To create a mediterranean landscape design, it’s important to keep it “authentic”. A mix of potted and soiled plants will definitely do the trick. Flagstone design with gravel would also help you achieve the look that you may be going for.

Rock Purslane

Produce a beautiful magenta color flower which will bloom in the summer times.
Rock Purslane

Chinese Dregea

A twining climber with fragrant flowers.They grow well in sun or partial shade.
Dregea volubilis flowers

Canary Island Foxglove

Blooms beautiful yellow / orange flowers.
Isoplexis canariensis 2

Pouch Flower

Grows about 3 ft tall and produces yellow “pouch” flowers.

Kangaroo Apple

An evergreen shrub produces purple shoots and blue flowers in summer and fall, then orange fruit.

Kangaroo apple flower (6710292721)

Yanagi Ichigo

Possess beautiful red inedible fruit and can be a great compliment to your bushes and hedges.
Urticaceae - Debregeasia orientalis

Desert Landscaping

A desert landscape may sound bland at first, but here are some tips to create an amazing desert landscape. Choosing different variations will create depth and contrast. For example DG (decomposed granite) and crushed rocks.

Using lighter and darker shades of materials will also help you achieve a beautiful desert landscape. Here’s a list of plants that may compliment your design.

Golden Barrel Cactus

Variations of green shades and yellow and spherical shape.

Echinocactus grusonii (aka)

Ghost Plant Succulent

Beautiful geometric flowers with a pop of warm colors.

Graptopetalum paraguayense (23247274152)

Paddle Plant

Creates depth and adds color with its red edges.

Paddle Plant (Kalanchoe luciae) 2

Fox Tail Agave

Have a beautiful robust shape and look great scattered.

Agave attenuata - Fox Tail Agave 01-1

Texas Sage

This shrub produces beautiful small purple flowers in the summertime.
Purple Sage (Leucophyllum frutescens) 2