A Mississippi Smart Landscape is not just a good-looking and low maintenance yard, it's an environment that encourages wildlife, uses water wisely, lowers our energy costs, and benefits both our home and our neighborhood. A Mississippi Smart Landscape uses tried and trusted methods with a little artistic flair to create an attractive and ecologically sound garden that will complement your home and neighborhood.
If you wish to create a Smart Landscape, you must first decide whether you're designing on a small budget or hiring a professional.
Study your site, making note of good features and problem areas, and make a plan for your landscape based on your notes.
Use this directory of information to help form a Mississippi Smart Landscape plan.
MSU Extension Service Publications
A well-designed and functional home landscape can add to your family’s joy and increase the value of your property. Modern landscapes are meant to be beautiful and useful. A well-planned landscape provides your family with recreation, privacy, and pleasure. Conscientious homeowners know that the landscape should also have a positive environmental impact.
A well-designed landscape can provide years of enjoyment for your family and significantly add to your home's value. This publication will help you understand the steps to the residential design process and allow you to develop a landscape plan.
Gardens that celebrate and fit the natural Mississippi landscape are a desire of many homeowners and educators. When you use native species in the landscape, these plants will easily adapt to local soil and climate conditions, provide food and shelter for local wildlife, sustain local flora types, and create an atmosphere unique to our state. Just as there are many plant species that are native to our region, there are many approaches to incorporating native plants into private and public gardens.
The types of plants that we choose and how we arrange them in our gardens must satisfy functional needs, as well as to be able to fulfill our design intent. Achieving harmony is the ultimate goal of combining plants in the garden successfully. Plants should harmonize with the unique qualities of the site, with the building elements and materials, and with other plants in a complementary way. With a good planting design, plants should appear as if they belong in the design. Because of the possibility of changing, adding, or removing plants, a good planting design is never finished.
Trees are among the most beautiful, useful, and permanent products of nature. Selecting the right tree or trees for the home landscape is an important decision. Your choice will impact not only you, but also those who inherit or buy your property in the years to come. Because trees are considered to be a more permanent part of the landscape and can take years to achieve the desired effect, planting trees is one of the first priorities when installing a new landscape or renovating an old one.
The foundation planting in today’s landscaping world has evolved from its original function. In the past, most homes had unsightly foundation walls or were built on stone or blocks with open areas under the house. This publication will help you design a foundation planting to hide foundation walls or conceal open areas underneath houses.
Right Plant, Right Place
The Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Handbook
Chapter 1 page 5
Landscape Planning Worksheet
The Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Handbook
Chapter 1 page 15-16
Native plants are great to have in the landscape because they often do not require watering, fertilization, or maintenance. They grow naturally in the region and are adapted to the overall climate and soil conditions. Native plants also provide food and shelter for wildlife and pollinators!
There’s no plant more iconic in the springtime than azaleas. Their bright, colorful blooms are exactly what we need to welcome the warm weather after a dreary winter.
Participants in a Mississippi State University landscape symposium learned tips for preserving the life in their own backyards and contributing positively to the larger, regional ecosystem. The 66th Edward C. Martin Landscape Symposium was held Oct. 20 at MSU.
BILOXI, Miss. -- Coastal restoration has been a hot topic along the Gulf of Mexico coast for many years now.
One clear aspect of coastal restoration is that it’s a team effort that requires not only the coast, but entire watersheds. From reducing excess fertilizer usage and litter to increasing low-effort natural landscaping and pervious surfaces, there are many actions we can take anywhere to help restoration of coastal ecosystems.
An annual Mississippi State University landscape symposium promotes the idea that landscapes can be both pretty and sustainable, beautifying the environment while protecting ecosystems.
See what's new in Extension: a new monarch garden, a storytelling series will begin, the Garden Expo highlights Extension education, and Keep America Beautiful recognizes MSU Extension.