Once the holidays are here and gone, go for a walk through any neighborhood and you’ll see Christmas tree after Christmas tree, with strands of tinsel blowing in the wind, dumped by the road awaiting garbage collection. This strikes me as somewhat befuddling when we can take a custom that symbolized life and the promise of rebirth in the spring and turn it into another aspect of our “throw-away society”
So you want to sell your house? All real-estate agents make it a priority to stress upon you, the seller, that in the end, curb appeal matters. Survey results show that landscape expenditures significantly increase perceived home value and often results in a higher sale price that home with minimal landscaping.
One of the criteria of being a landscape designer is that you need to have the ability to visualize and design in all spaces, big and small. Smaller areas require an understanding and knowledge of plant growth, habits and needs because you have limited space and timeless growth.
Getting it right… I recently became involved with this residential landscape re-design and build project when the homeowner called me and expressed displeasure with the way his property was landscaped and with its overall “lack of appeal”
Simplicity in design follows the, less is more, motto of architect Mies van der Rohe, an early advocate of simplicity in design through his influence on the Bauhaus movement and championing of the Modernist movement, which allows form to follow function, to create open spaces and a simplicity of design.
Upon entering the front gate of this estate I saw a long arching a-frame home and didn’t know what to expect. As I glanced to the left and to the right all I could see were long streams of messy Pachysandra loaded with weeds that seemed almost impossible to clean.
Recently a client requested that I stop by his residence in Haworth to discuss a potential landscaping project he was considering undertaking. A previous so-called “landscape contractor” dumped a load of soil and dirt into a pile in the front yard, somewhat raked it out and then loaded it down with shrubs and grasses. Then “see ya”
Some of the oldest gardens ever designed were built thousands of years ago in Japan. Many of them have stood the “test of time”. This client, desiring a “Japanese garden”, took it one step further by utilizing the aspects of a Japanese rock garden (枯山水 karesansui) or “dry landscape” garden.
It was 9-11-17 when I got a telephone call from a very unique woman regarding a woodland landscaping project. After our phone conversation, which was both informative and full of laughter; I thought to myself “this lady is one of a kind”. I always heard birds of a feather flock together so I suppose that’s why we got along so well right from the get-go.
Now that autumn is here and we are planting beds with mums, cabbages, kales and other seasonal color plants, we often get asked “what can we use for winter color”?