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Essay by David Hopman, Associate Professor
Essays about plants usually focus on specific plants, specific approaches to combinations of plants, practical uses for plants, plants for specific habitats, etc. These essays are indicative of the broad and continually evolving way that landscape architects approach planting design. This series of short essays, originally published on the ASLA PPN website, takes a step back to address the issue of how and why landscape architects should use a clear set of principles to inform their palette of plants. By thinking first about the plant palette, new approaches to planting design will emerge that reflect the contemporary concerns of both the profession of landscape architecture and society at large. The principles outlined in these essays were used to develop the native plant polycultures planted in the front of the CAPPA building at The University of Texas at Arlington.
Questions should be directed to: David Hopman, ASLA, PLA: firstname.lastname@example.org