Silphium terebinthinaceum, commonly known as Prairie Dock, is a member of the Asteraceae, a family that includes the sunflower. Prairie dock is a perennial that is Native to North America, which produces nearly leafless stems and 2-3" yellow flowers.
Did you know that bamboo is actually a grass, not a tree?? This perennial plant is one of the fastest growing grasses of its class. A self-regenerating plant that reaches maturity in just three years. Bamboo is highly invasive and you should think twice before planting it in your yard!
With this project we were shooting for a usable, botanical space. Thirty different native plant species were added to the yard, which bloom in stages all year long. We really love the way it turned out!
We are often asked how much a project is going to cost before we even start brainstorming what the client is looking for. It's hard to answer that question before going through the design phase together but here are some helpful numbers that might guide you through the process.
Texas Bluebonnet has larger, more sharply pointed leaves and more numerous flower heads than similar lupines. These plants are topped by clusters of up to 50 beautiful blue, pea-like flowers. These flowers are low maintenance and will make a perfect addition to your garden!
This month we wanted to show off our Kilburn place project. This project was completed at the end of 2021 and we are very happy with how it turned out! Here are some of the project highlights!
Lupinus perennis, also known as wild lupine, is a beautiful flowering plant that grows well in dry, sandy soils and is native to the eastern part of the United States. This perennial plant used to grow abundantly in the north-eastern parts of the country but its numbers have been in rapid decline since the early 1900s. It's estimated that up to 90% of the lupine population has been eradicated mainly due to habitat loss. Don't let these beauties disappear, consider adding them to your garden this year!
Plantago lanceolata is a flowering plant in the plantain family Plantaginaceae. From an agricultural perspective this plant is seen as a weed but it is so much more than that! Like the dandelion, it is edible and has medicinal value!
Baptisia is one of our favorite plants for the coming season. Commonly known as wild indigo, this plant is native to the United States and it seems like everywhere you look, you can find another variety!
Mountain Ave is a project that wants to be more than a standard yard. The owners love being outside and needed some help with water issues. For me, this is a great design that deals with redefining what a front and back yard can be over what is the kneejerk reaction to what it “should” be. The project was conceived to be phased in with the first big moves to happen in the front of the house. We have finished the first phase – and that’s what this blog is about. Within it is a significant number of helpful elements anyone can use.
The Dandelion is not just another weed. Even though it is often eradicated at all costs, cursed for its stubbornly long taproots, and has a reputation for invasiveness, the benefits of a dandelion are many. They are edible from root to flower, encourage biodiversity, and protect the soil!
Do you want to transform the exterior of your home? But you aren’t sure what to do first? Or you are looking for concrete ways to visualize where to get the biggest bang for your budget? Well, I want to walk you through 3 ways to get the impact you are looking for. In fact, treated with a careful eye, you can refresh the exterior of your house with minimal work. Plus, these tips will help you achieve a more contemporary and modern look without any serious structural changes.
If you are like me, you want to create a garden that feels organized yet natural all at the same time. This is a more contemporary and satisfying way of using plants like flowers and grasses. Naturalistic yards are more sustainable and attractive. However, this is much easier said than done. It has taken me years and years of practice to start getting it right. In that time, I’ve likely planted over 20,000 plants. So to help you achieve the same beautiful look that brings butterflies and hummingbirds into your yard, here are three of the most important lessons I’ve learned to transform your garden!
Continuing from our last newsletter, this month we wanted to update you on a project where we took the driveway seen below and reimagined it into a more meaningful space for its owners. These renovations have benefits to the families living in the homes as well as to the surrounding environment and help to address some of the impacts from climate change. This project is currently in progress, so we don't have the final photos yet, however, here's a behind-the-scenes look at the process as it happens!
When people want to create a more contemporary planting design for a yard, they will need to use perennials and grasses that come back year after year. This means you need to pick the right species for the job. This way of thinking is a completely different mindset than those more interested in growing veggies or who’s in love with annuals. Only when you use the correct plants for your hardiness zone will you see them come back after the bitter snows melt.
The goal is to make this blog a resource for helpful tips and sustainable ideas. I create original content that shows projects in progress and the behind-the-scenes of installation. And, I try to have as much fun as I can doing it.