A Study on Color: Blue in the Garden

In the last couple of weeks, I took a trip to New England for the 2017 APLD International Design Conference. While there, we toured a garden in Newport, Rhode Island called The Blue Garden.

This garden and its “rooms” were once part of Newport’s social scene, however, at some point…

Annuals vs. Perennials

Annuals are plants or flowers that complete a life cycle in one season. They grow quickly and bloom profusely – you could have a full flower bed or container in a matter of two weeks. Not to mention the beautiful array of colors. Pinks, purples, reds, blues, and oranges!…

Popular Fence Styles and Practicality

Fences can be used to create borders, both physical and abstract. They are defining boundaries between public and private, and occasionally create strange in-between spaces. Sometimes fences make good neighbors but often, there is collateral damage. They go beyond delineating space to creating barriers. These barriers affect how we…

Homes and Gardens Need Visual Balance

A landscape design should appear visually balanced. We aren’t going to actually weigh them, right? So what is balance?

If you are standing at the road or edge of the property, what would you consider the center of your home and garden? Picture your landscape and home sitting on a…

Integrating Bird Feeders into your Space

We have all heard of Butterfly Gardens, but if you are looking for another chance to bring nature into your backyard, I definitely recommend incorporating bird feeders in your space. You can get decorative ones that not only bring in our feathered friends, but compliment your current landscape design.

You…

Choosing Colors for your Garden

When planning your outdoor living, how do you decide what color your flowers should be? There are many schools of thought when it comes to this decision. Here are my guidelines for choosing what colors to incorporate into a design.

One of the most natural ways to combine colors in…

Integrating Planters into Your Landscape

Container plants are an easy, inexpensive way to update and accent your existing landscaping. Artistic and eye-catching, container plants are a welcome addition to any walkway, entrance, or patio. There are plenty of plants that will thrive in these temporary pots. Here are some of the ones I like…

The Verdant Box

I have been infatuated with boxes since I was in grade school where I spent hours sketching the details of the inside corners of my class rooms. Boxes are everywhere. We live in them, sleep on them, wrap them up and give them as gifts, fly to distant places…

A Roadside Treasure

A recent visit from a friend gave me the opportunity to show off some of our area’s visual treasures. A designer from New Jersey, she was impressed by the richness of our landscape and vastness of our views. How easily we forget the subtle beauty of our own backyard…