Articles tagged with: landscape design

First day of Fall 2017

First day of Fall 2017

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.

2017 Pools, Spas & Patios Magazine

2017 Pools, Spas & Patios Magazine

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' ! 

 

Inglewood - Before & After

Inglewood - Before & After

 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.  

 

Functional Landscaping Tip #8 A green with envy

Functional Landscaping Tip #8 A green with envy

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.

 Functional Landscaping Tip #6 Three-dimensional structures

Functional Landscaping Tip #6 Three-dimensional structures

One of ten tips to turn your backyard into a unique space

A big part of making your property more usable is creating spaces that draw people out into your backyard. One way to do this is by adding a structure (e.g. pergola) to the space to create a third dimension. Pergolas have an open beam structure, so they do not have a solid roof, but still give a sense of enclosure and provide a measure of shade depending on the design.

Functional Landscaping Tip #2 Who does not love the beach?

Functional Landscaping Tip #2 Who does not love the beach?

One of ten tips to turn your backyard into a unique space

Although this landscaping feature is more commonly incorporated into a waterfront property, there is no reason to be restricted if you are landlocked. Sand beach areas can be created adjacent to patios or other hardscape areas and can increase the play appeal of these spaces. Your kids will love the fact they can create sandcastles, while other family members may enjoy using the sand as an area to sunbathe. Visually, a beach setting can also serve to remind you of your favourite vacation spot.

Functional Landscaping Tip #1 The backyard pool

Functional Landscaping Tip #1 The backyard pool

One of ten tips to turn your backyard into a unique space

In today’s busy world, more and more homeowners are looking to get additional value out of their properties and there is no larger investment you can make than in your home. Lately, there has also been a conscious push by families to increase the amount of free time they have together, while also improving their quality of life beyond the reaches of the ubiquitous electronic devices that have become such a big part of our lives.

When it comes to landscaping, one of the most common questions from homeowners during a design consultation, beyond solving the logistical requirements of the site, is “I want some ideas of what I can do with my property to make it more functional for my family.” In response to this popular inquiry, keeping practicality in mind, here are 10 items to consider when planning your backyard landscape.

Functional Landscaping Tip #10 Accessorizing your backyard

Functional Landscaping Tip #10 Accessorizing your backyard

One of ten tips to turn your backyard into a unique space

An often overlooked aspect of making your landscape a family atmosphere is accessorizing. Your garden can be every bit as personal as inside your home by including items collected on trips, family heirlooms, garden statuary, or art that speaks to you. This is the step where you make the landscape your own.