Even though summer and fall have gone - and with it all the colors and abundance that the warmer months have to offer - the beauty of nature continues to shine. As the weather gets colder and colder, winter gardens begin to make an appearance and if done right, this can be one of the best times of the year to go out and admire the nature that's just outside your door.
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Bee Balm is a beautiful native flower that comes in an array of colors. They can take the cold winters in New Jersey as well as the hot summers. With the right care, they will grow up to 18inches high and spread about 2ft wide. They are also fairly low maintenance as long as you avoid any mildew issues.
We loved how this project turned out so we asked a local photographer to document our work and she got some great shots! We wanted to share those with you guys.
Sustainability has always been the main focus at chambersdesign. Sustainable business is achieved by making daily choices that aim to reduce our carbon footprint and make better use the Earth’s natural resources. For our landscape design and build company this means that we do what we can to eliminate the use of harmful chemicals, when it comes to building materials we turn our focus to natural resources, and we always strive to support nature by planting natives.
Pycnanthemum muticum - Image from Missouri Botanical Gardens
Read this blog to hear more about what we call "Native-ish" plants.
This client had a backyard space that wasn't being used to it's full potential. Although the direction was unclear at first, we all agreed that keeping the basic elements that already existed in the space while enhancing their functionality was key for this project. Using sustainable materials and Native-ish plants, we managed to transform the space into a little oasis.
We hit some roadblocks with this one but the Summit project is finally complete and it turned out really nice! Check out this blog to see the final results.
Invasive plant species are a huge problem. They have overtaken giant expanses of the landscape. As they do, they erase the ability for native plants and animals to thrive, and there’s no easy solution to get rid of them. But there's still hope for our favorite natives to survive! In fact, a while back I was out on a walk and I came across a few amazing plants that had beaten the odds among a mess of knotweed and porcelain berry (two of the worst offenders of the invasive mob).
Osteospermum 'Pink Whirls' is a cultivar selected for its intriguing and colorful flowers.
There's so much to learn when starting your native plant journey and all of the terminology around plants can be overwhelming. You've got natives of course, but then there's cultivars, varieties or nativars and invasive species, just to name a few. In this blog, we'd like to clear up some of the confusion there is around these types of plants and show you why it is almost always better to plant natives!
Check out this blog to follow the progression of our Summit project and stay tuned for the next Summit project blog where we show off the final product!
Many popular garden perennials fall into the "short-lived" category, so you might be wondering whether or not you should waste time and money planting them, when your not sure how long they'll last. It is true that short-lived perennials will eventually die out but there are many benefits to these plants!
If you are a gardener or a plant geek, you've seen the categories of plants often referred to as either annuals or perennials. But what do these terms really mean? And how do these different kinds of species inform us how to use them in a landscape design? There's the general definition of annuals as plants that only live for one growing season and then die off - that is, you plant them in May and they die in November. Then you have perennial plants - that is plants that you can put in the ground once and they grow back year after year. Some people prefer one over the other - however, for native plants and a more sustainable yard or landscape, perennials are vastly more important. But why? Why do some plants live for years and others only stay around for a few months? The lifespan of plants is complex. Let's dig a little deeper to find out more about the longevity of our favorite plants so we can get more nature into our lives!
Native plants play a very important role in our ecosystems. They support local wildlife such as bees and butterflies - which pollinate approximately 75% of the worlds flowering plants and 35% of the world's food crops. Native species have evolved over hundreds or thousands of years for survival. Consequently, they tend to be more naturally adapted to local growing conditions and often require less fertilizer, water etc. for successful establishment. That means less maintenance and more time to enjoy your yard!.
This month our spotlight is on the Able Baker project!
Native plants are those that are indigenous to a specific region, and have evolved to support the ecosystems in that area. These plants have formed symbiotic relationships with native wildlife over hundreds or thousands of years, and therefore offer the most sustainable habitat. Click below to read more about the benefits of these plants.
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