Some of our projects don’t involve a massive overhaul of existing landscapes; very often we are replacing plants within a defined space that is not changing. Often these planting installations emanate from a simple 2 hour landscape consultation.
Selecting the right plant for the right place is crucial if the plantings are to succeed long term without being a maintenance nightmare. Here are a few of those types of planting grouped together for easy viewing
This Albany, NY home had a number of overgrown spaces which were addressed over several years by landscape consultations and installations.
This project in Guilderland, NY involved filling newly constructed retaining wall beds with a interesting blend of plants. The focus was on color and texture throughout the growing season with a stabilizing hedge of evergreen boxwood.
This project in Loudonville, NY was renovation of the original foundation planting I designed and planted 20+ years ago! We replaced the aging evergreens and added easy care perennials. In order to access the front entry better we enlarged the access with a simple bluestone dry laid pad.
This project in a town home community near Saratoga Lake was a typical overplanted landscape where visitors felt like they needed a machete to get to the front door. We removed the overgrown shrubs, pruned the lower limbs of the existing maple, and planted mostly perennials with a few key shrubs.
This project focused on color and texture for clients who viewed the beds from an elevated patio. Low maintenance was not the first priority but the planting was still relatively easy to care for.
This project was done for our clients of the above project who moved to a new home. They loved the plant palette from the old home so we used many of the same plants. This house had a challenging front landscape since the garage is so visually prominent. We decided to create a large, bold landscape bed which balanced the scale of the garage and wrapped around the existing callery pear tree. A path through the bed is functional as well as pulling visitors eyes towards the front entry.
Small Planting design is actually more challenging than having large beds to work in. Too often plants are placed too close together or in spots where they will outgrow the space. Careful plant selection is key; don’t be fooled by that cute Japanese maple in the little pot at the nursery!