Unique Environmental Landscapes - drainage solution

Water, slope and drainage

Sloping side yard causes drainage problem This homeowner called us in to address a significant drainage issue. Their relatively small and compact yard had a significant right to left slope, all wedged between large homes. The upper neighbor’s water flowed into their side yard and formed a pool of water with every rainfall. Our first task was to incorporate downspouts …

Kathy JohnsonWater, slope and drainage
Artistic Landscapes - outdoor living space

Outdoor living space

Homeowners dream of transforming back yard into outdoor living space These homeowners dreamed of adding a pool and outdoor living space to their back yard. They did some research online and provided us with sample photos from Houzz.com. The project was made more difficult because the back yard sloped downhill five feet from the house. By adding the pool with a raised bond …

Kathy JohnsonOutdoor living space
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Organic herb garden

Homeowner wants an inviting herb garden close to the kitchen   The 460 sq. ft. area that would become an organic herb garden had construction soil full of stones and pieces of concrete. We removed all of the soil to a depth of two feet and built new soil with organic soil amendments, organic local soil, and worm humus. We …

Kathy JohnsonOrganic herb garden
When planning for a small space garden consider the environmental conditions, how the space will be used, irrigation needs and options, and make sure to choose plants that create interest. Photo courtesy of Solterra Landscape.

Small space gardens

Great gardens can come in small packages Think your space is too small for a garden? Maybe you live in a townhouse or condo. Maybe you have a small urban yard. Maybe you have a huge landscape but only want to tackle a little piece of it. Whatever the reason, make the most of your small canvas and create a …

Small space gardens
The french doors have a special appeal, making this garden shed seem more like a garden house. Photo courtesy of Home & Garden Design, Inc.

Make your garden shed inviting and interesting!

Storage + outdoor living provided by garden shed focal point The placement of the garden shed in this back yard makes it a focal point and a destination. After dining on the back patio, the owners are beckoned to take a stroll thru the garden to relax on the more intimate patio. There they can view the yard from a …

Make your garden shed inviting and interesting!

Landscape design adds curb appeal and interest

Planning and design for your landscaping A properly designed landscape adds interest to the yard of your Atlanta home and also increases curb appeal and can increase the potential for your family to more thoroughly enjoy their surroundings.  As a professional landscaper Artistic Landscapes knows the best techniques to enhance your yard. Here are some of our favorite techniques to add color, …

Landscape design adds curb appeal and interest
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How to use a color wheel in your landscape

Choosing the best colors for your garden From the most experienced plantsman to the rankest amateur, the one thing everyone wants in their outdoor space is COLOR!  But how do you effectively use color in your garden?  First, remember that there is no right or wrong when it comes to color in the garden.  Color choices are a matter of …

How to use a color wheel in your landscape
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Two-sided landscape: hidden edible gardens

Plant food, not lawns. Pretty front yard vegetable gardens. This salad garden is positioned in the sunniest part of the front yard in an area that is hidden from the neighbors. It’s visible from my driveway and all windows across the front of the house. These edibles plus others scattered thru the front yard are combined with flowering shrubs and …

Two-sided landscape: hidden edible gardens
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Creating shade and savings with trees

Making the most of your shade trees Who doesn’t love the cool respite of a shade tree? Placed wisely in your landscape, shade trees can actually save you money on your energy bills, too. The best placement of shade trees to help cool a building are: in close proximity to the HVAC outside units so that cooler air is pulled …

Creating shade and savings with trees