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Park Landscaping Ideas

By Callie Barber ; Updated September 21, 2017
Pathways help to connect areas of the park landscape.
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Accent a park with architectural elements such as outdoor fountains and sculptures to create a cohesive landscape design. For a balanced design, add larger items such as trees, shrubs and sculptures within the back of a flowerbed to keep the park landscape looking open and uncluttered. Arrange smaller landscape elements like accent plants in small clusters throughout the park. Draw a blueprint of the yard to refer to as you begin the project.

Perennial Flowerbed

Perennial flowers require a one-time planting to come back year after year for a long-lasting addition to the park. Grown in a wide range of colors, shapes and sizes, perennial flowers are ideal for any size park, small or large.

To create a perennial garden, choose those plants that thrive in the correct USDA Hardiness Zone. Native plants help to ensure a healthy and vigorous plant that flourish and thrive within the bed. Drought-tolerant flowers such as purple coneflowers, Russian sage and black-eyed Susan emerge in early summer to last into early fall, creating a long blooming season. Purple coneflowers and black-eyed Susan thrive in full sun to part shade and have a spring planting season. Russian sage thrives in full sun only and can be planted in spring or summer. Plant purple coneflowers in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 9. Black-eyed Susan is suitable grown in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 7 and Russian sage grows best in USDA Hardiness Zones 6 to 9.

Accent Trees

Accent trees provide a focal point with their colorful flowering blooms, unusual shapes and lush foliage.

Accent trees grow in a wide range of colors, shapes and sizes to fit into any park landscape. They range from evergreen trees that keep their foliage year-round to flowering deciduous trees that produce masses of attractive blooms. Bristle cone pine and cryptomeria are both evergreen trees that make ideal park accent trees because of their unusual shape. Bristlecone grows best in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 7 and cryptomeria is suitable in USDA Hardiness Zones 6 to 8. Deciduous trees like the Franklinia produced masses of late-summer blooms that are in still in bloom when the leaves turn their fiery colors of red and orange in fall. Plant Franklinia in USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 8.

Another attractive tree to plant within a park is the Japanese cherry tree. It produces spring-blooming, white flowers. Japanese cherry trees grow best in full sun to part shade and moist, well-drained soil. Plant Japanese cherry tree in USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 6.

Park Path

Connect areas of the park together like a front entrance to perennial flowerbed with a path. Made from a wide range of materials including, flagstone, slate and bricks, paths are an ideal way to admire the park landscape and garden.

Make sure it is at least 2 to 3 feet-wide. Flagstone, a durable and weather-resistant stone, makes an ideal path because of the flat stones and attractive colors. Colors found in flagstone include deep purples, grays, blues and purples. These earth colors help to complement the park while creating a seamless look to the space. Alongside the park path, plant low-growing, creeping plants such as thyme, phlox and sedum. Thyme grows best in USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 8 and phlox is ideal in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 9. Sedum is suitable in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 9.


About the Author


Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on Travels.com and GardenGuides.com. Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.