A uniquely American style, ranchers are low-slung, single-floor, asymmetrical homes with garages front and center and a focus on backyard living. With its horizontal shape, ranch homes need smaller plants to match -- especially in front of the windows. Larger foundation plants and trees can be used on either side of windows and near house corners. Accent the front door with medium-sized planters on either side. The backyard typically has a patio, large grassy area for play and comfortable outdoor furniture.