Landscape Performance Metrics // Analysis

A couple weeks ago, I went over the process of performing Landscape Performance Metrics. This week I’d like to share a real world project that was constructed a few years ago.

The spreadsheet and bar graph below (click to enlarge) are the results from that project. I did not include the site plan as a courtesy to the designer. My goal is not to criticize. The firm did a great job. Maybe someday I will come across a project that a firm is willing to share.

So what did I learn?

It is easy to overlook plants with a high performance score. There is likely a reason they performed highly. Analyze why. Observe the siting. Check out the irrigation plans. Review submittals to find out what nursery was used.

I also learned a lot about plants I’ve never used before. For instance, the chilean mesquites are performing flawlessly and are one of the best looking trees I’ve seen in San Antonio.

What about the plants that performed poorly? Should they never be used? Absolutely not. Analyze why they performed poorly.  As an example, I believe the ‘Santa Rita’ Prickly Pear, Mexican Feather Grass, and Blonde Ambition Grama grass were overwatered. These are not bad plants. They just didn’t have the opportunity to thrive.

Use these metrics to build a database. Find out what works and try to recreate it. Find out what doesn’t work and try to avoid it. Learn from success. Learn from failures. That’s the only way you’re going to get better.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series of blog posts. A lot of work went into these posts. Please feel free to leave me a comment or suggestion. It would be great to hear from you!

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