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
It’s officially spring! The temperatures are finally starting to warm up after a cold and wet winter. Gardening is the perfect excuse to spend some much-needed time outside. Grab your gardening tools—there’s a lot to be done! (Photo by Michaela Parker)
A smart landscape can play a key role in efficiently heating and cooling homes while reducing energy costs.
A well-designed landscape can subtly slow down and filter excess water, an important job for Mississippi gardens.
The notion of a rooftop garden may inspire images of ancient architecture, big city green spaces or homestead cabins in the American West, but the idea is feasible for modern construction.
Bob Brzuszek, Mississippi State University Extension Service professor of landscape architecture, said building green roofs is an innovative way to include green spaces in urban areas and increase biodiversity.