Unique Environmental Landscapes

Patio solves slope and shade

Terraced outdoor space for coffee and happy hours. The backyard was a complete oversight on the behalf of the builder. First, he installed Bermuda sod in a completely shaded backyard – destined to doom. Having worked with our firm previously, the homeowner already knew this would be a problem and contacted us upon the closing. She also knew if the …

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Plants Creative Landscapes

Outdoor spaces that flow

Multiple outdoor rooms that work together. The homeowner wanted to create multiple outdoor individually themed rooms that connected with seamless sightlines. The goal was an outdoor experience used for entertainment. The main “living” area is a bluestone patio connected directly to the home. Prior to the project, the fireplace was functional on the interior of the home only. The patio …

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Art of Stone Gardening

Embracing the lake

Making the connection. This homeowner wanted to feel a personal connection to the lake that borders his property. His main objective was to create an outdoor room for cooking and dining that did not block his view of the lake from inside or outside his home. The existing concrete slab was too small to be useful. We converted it into a functional, attractive cooking area …

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Classic Landscapes

Small space, big impact

Cozy contemporary outdoor space. This small suburban back yard was mainly a leftover spot dominated by out-of-scale screening trees that made it feel like it was in a huge hole, a deck too small to accommodate more than two or three people, and no gardening space to speak of. Our clients like to visit with friends and family out of …

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King Landscaping

Big ideas for small spaces

Make your outdoor living space cozy, creative, and connected. You don’t need a big yard to have an inviting space that beckons you and your family outdoors. Think “cozy,” “creative,” and “connected.” Q: What’s the definition of a small space? A: I consider a small space backyard garden to be no bigger than the footprint of the house. It’s usually …

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Growing outdoor walls and floors

Vines and groundcovers for the southern garden. When I think about vines and groundcovers, I remember my favorite childhood book — “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It’s the story of Mary Lennox, a not-too-nice orphaned girl who is sent to live with her uncle in England. She discovers an overgrown and neglected garden that is locked behind an …

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Southern grapes for southern gardens

Choose the best grapes to grow in your garden. Growing up in an Italian family, my mother would reminisce about my grandfather’s grape vines and the annual ritual of stomping on the grapes to make wine in the basement. While this memory always brought to mind a favorite “I Love Lucy” episode with Lucy and Ethel in traditional Italian garb …

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Spice up your life with herbs

Grow your own herbs for freshness and flavor. If you’ve ever worked in the kitchen of a fine restaurant, you know that professional chefs demand and accept from their suppliers only the freshest fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices available. They recognize that the degree of freshness of these products has a tremendous impact on the dishes that they create. In …

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Deer and rabbit control

Making landscape choices to limit deer and rabbit damage. Aren’t they cute?  Bambi and Thumper sure are sweet, soft and cuddly, but ask any gardener how they feel about these furry creatures when they’re found munching on their prize hostas and begonias! Nursery employees, master gardeners and county extension agents claim that “How do I keep deer and rabbits out …

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