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Landscape Design 438 Stories

Every house has untapped potential. Far too many of them, whether clad in brick, stone, stucco, wood or composite siding, sit atop the land in unremarkable ways, barely making any meaningful connection to it. Good landscape designers make it a top priority to establish that connection, to make the house seem at home in...
What a Landscape Architect Wants You to Know About What They Do
Landscape architects do many things. We design parks, plazas, green roofs, gardens, public art, fountains … and the list goes on. It is a broad and flexible field with professionals working across many sectors. Yet there are many myths about what we...
Understand Your Site Plan for a Better Landscape Design
The site plan represents the overall design for a landscape and is the primary tool used by the landscape architect to lay out the space. Landscape architects are trained to create the design in plan view as one of the first phases in the design process....
Bring a Touch of Renaissance Italy Into Your Garden
Italy has influenced many fields of design, so it is not surprising that it has also had a great influence on garden design. Italy’s Renaissance and villa gardens are renowned for their skillful design, attention to detail, use of water, grottoes and...
How to Make Your Stone House Feel at Home in the Landscape
Stone is one of the predominant materials used for house exteriors today. Whether your home’s style is colonial, traditional or...
Garden Overhaul: Which Plants Should Stay, Which Should Go?
When renovating a large landscape with lots of existing plants, it can be tempting to remove everything and remake the entire landscape with new plants. I strongly caution against this approach. It’s expensive to clear an entire site,...
How to Make Your Brick House Feel at Home in the Landscape
Brick is one of the most popular choices for home exteriors in the U.S. For many, the Georgian home, with its brick exterior, grand scale and formal lines, personifies the American dream. Typically, a Georgian home has foundation plantings of boxwood....
The Garden Edge: Rethink Your Garden Pathways
With careful planning and planting, your garden pathways and borders can be transformed from ordinary thoroughfares to dynamic spaces that can make a statement and excite the senses. Here are my favorite tips for planting a garden border that’s easy...
Dream Spaces: A Secret Garden of Your Own
I’ve been hooked on the idea of a secret garden ever since reading the novel The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and seeing the 1993 film adaption starring Maggie Smith and John Lynch. Many of us, unfortunately, don’t own a...
Relax and Reflect in a Blue Landscape
“Blue color is everlastingly appointed by the Deity to be a source of delight,” wrote Victorian art critic John Ruskin. And, indeed, surveys reveal blue to be among the most popular favorite colors. What makes it so well liked? Perhaps the range of...
Plant Your Steps for a Great Garden Look
Steps may be the quickest way up or down garden slopes, but that doesn’t mean they have to be mundane or just about utility. Minimalist designs might call for clean outlines of pristine stone and concrete, but in some gardens, especially traditional...
Unify Your Garden With a Common Thread
As humans we seek to understand ourselves, our environment and our world. Designers, writers, artists and philosophers, past and present, realize that we frequently need help to process our world in an attempt to understand it. We instinctively look for...
How Brick Fits Into Today’s Gardens
Leaning against a brick garden wall warmed by the autumn sun, I pondered whether this ancient building material has a place in contemporary garden design. Is it a relic of traditional gardens? Brick has been a favorite material for gardens for centuries,...
A Dynamic Backyard Design Embraces Its Urban Setting
During the first eight months Erica Taggart and Cory Eicher lived in their Brooklyn Heights, New York City, home, their backyard experienced the homeowner’s equivalent of Newton’s first law: A neglected yard will remain unused until acted on by an...
Get a Mediterranean-Style Garden Even Far From the Sea
What comes to mind when I say, “Mediterranean style”? I think of clear blue skies with distant vistas; warm air scented with sage and lavender; a certain...
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