We were recognized today by the Better Business Bureau for 25 years of accrediation. It's always nice recognize landmarks, especially positive ones. Cheers!
Welcome to the first day of Autumn!
Or Fall if you prefer. It is great time in the garden, when many leaves change to reds, oranges, and yellow tones and fall perennials like Sedums and Coneflowers have their time to shine. Here at The Landscape Artist Inc it is a time for the construction of fall projects and our design department staff turns their attention to Spring.
On news-stands now is the 2017 edition of Pools, Spas & Patios magazine. This is a Canadian publication with the focus on home pools, spas & patios, which includes landscaping. I have been privileged to write for them again this year. Look for my article on page 83 “Trends in backyard landscaping - The benefits of hiring a pro to achieve the ideal outdoor living space.” We all work in a digital age now, but there is still something very satisfying in picking up a print publication and going out onto the deck or patio to read. Thankfully most aspects of landscaping remain analog and magazines don't go 'ding' !
This Calgary home in the community of Inglewood had undergone a major renovation including a new deck.
The primary design criterion for this property was:
Design & install a gas fireplace on the detached garage façade.
Replace the existing landscaping with patio and mixed borders of hardy perennials and shrubs
Keep the existing large maple tree and smaller crabapple tree
Address drainage – backyard is very flat.
Placing the fireplace against the garage creates a focal point from the home as well as a functional, warm place to gather in the daytime or cooler evenings.
I just had a conversation about poisonous plants with a client and this is certainly something worth considering when designing your landscape.
I went down the rabbit-hole a bit on this one so if you want to skip ahead to the conclusion I won’t be offended. A couple definitions to get us started:
We get a lot of our work via referrals from satisfied customers. One of the best ways to know you are getting a reputable company working for you is to talk to someone who has used a service you are looking for. To that end we have created several testimonial videos with some of our clients where we interview them and have them speak candidly about their experiences working with us.
We developed the landscaping at this Calgary property for a fellow who used to wear #12 for the Calgary Flames and his family. It was a new build and we worked closely with the builder during the landscape design phase and to coordinate our landscaping construction with completion of the home.
April 29 & 30, 2017 | Spruce Meadows
The Calgary Horticultural Society annual Garden Show is a great event for all things Gardening and Landscaping related in Calgary. See you there!
One of ten tips to turn your backyard into a unique space
In terms of ‘bang for your buck’ a putting green is an outstanding investment. All ages can play and a professionally designed and installed green provides a very realistic putting experience. From a design standpoint the green acts in a similar manner to natural lawn areas in that it provides ‘negative space’ for the eye to rest on.
Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' - Feather Reed Grass
This plant is a favorite for our projects for a variety of reasons.
It has multiple seasons of interest. In late March / early April it starts to grow and quickly forms a strong base of leaves. By early summer it has bloomed forming tall blonde stems and sterile seed heads which then persist right through the winter. They can often be seen in the winter poking through the snow coated in frost or if we have a brown winter, adding a subtle splash of color and texture.
It is very hardy and not too fussy about exposure or soil although it won’t grow very well in shade. It does not produce seed (the flowers are sterile) and it is bunch forming, meaning it stays put. It is usually untroubled by deer and rabbits.