Sustainability through community and residential gardening has grown in popularity over the past couple of years. Naturally, being landscapers, we love this movement and all of the potential opportunities it presents. People don't always consider combining a landscape design with a functional garden, often because they assume … Read More
Nothing is more important to a well maintained yard than the treatment it receives at the beginning of the growing season. Still, few things are more baffling (and poorly executed) than a spring clean-up. These are the 10 simple steps that I use to instruct our craftsman … Read More
Photo: Roger Foley
A local boy, James van Sweden was born in Baltimore, MD and spent much of his career in landscape architecture in Washington, DC. His dream was to lead the revolution against the modern American landscape. Rather than large expanses of lawn and simple foundation plantings, … Read More
A garden in western Ireland by Piet Oudolf. Image: Piet Oudolf: Landscapes in Landscapes
Piet Oudolf, a Dutch landscape designer, truly has a vision for natural landscape. A nurseryman at heart, Oudolf has an impeccable eye for quality plant material. Combining his vision and eye has allowed him to … Read More
Liriope is a great perennial to add to your landscape. Like any plant, however, it is susceptible to disease. Leaf and crown rot of liriope is a common ailment and needs to be safeguarded against. This disease is caused by a pathogen called Phytophthora palmivora, which is the … Read More
Adding a tree to your landscape doesn't necessarily have to mean planting a skyscraper that towers over everything. There are a vast variety of small trees that can make a big difference by adding color, texture, and height to the existing layout. Here are a few of our favorites:
Stewartia … Read More
Michael Van Valkenburgh is an American landscape architect who has had the pleasure of working on a variety of projects across the globe. His designs include everything from public parks to private gardens, all influenced by his upbringing in an agricultural setting on a dairy farm. He … Read More
What is a perennial?
A perennial is a plant that lasts through many growing seasons. Usually the top of the plant dies off in the winter, but the strong root system allows it to come back in the spring.
Black Eyed Susan
- Plant in full sun
- Grows 12"-39" tall
- … Read More
This brutal cold spell that we have been going through may make you feel like staying inside next to a fire, with a blanket and some hot tea. You're not the only one who is suffering - February is the month that most 'winter burn', or desiccation, … Read More
By Botteville (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
"The landscape as a stage set for human drama
-- the choreography of serendipity --
is at the core of what Mr. Halprin, the tribal elder of American
landscape architecture, has been creating for more than 50 years."
- Patricia Leigh Brown "For … Read More