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Hierarchy as a Design Element | Vol.3

Hierarchy as a Design Element | Vol.3

Design Element: Hierarchy Hierarchy in landscape design is used to emphasize or highlight certain elements in the garden. Sometimes this emphasis is on an entry or another key feature. For hierarchy to be effective we need to set a standard, be it a size, material,...

Line as a Design Element | Vol.2

Line as a Design Element | Vol.2

Design Element: Line Using lines is one of the simplest design elements and the foundation to all others.  A line is simply two connected dots, but it may be horizontal, vertical, straight, or curved. Lines may also be thick, thin, diagonal, and wavy.  Lines can be...

Negative Space as a Design Element | Vol. 1

Negative Space as a Design Element | Vol. 1

Design around the world and throughout the ages has utilized universal principles that apply to all art forms whether it be painting, music, architecture, or garden design. This is a look at some of these basic design elements and how they apply in the landscape....

Summer Garden Evaluation Tips

Summer Garden Evaluation Tips

This year many of us are finding ourselves spending a lot more time at home and in our yards than we have in the past. When you are sitting in the garden contemplating life, you may want to take a few moments to contemplate your garden. Now is an excellent time for a...

Landscape Master Planning

Landscape Master Planning

Many of us have avoided starting a project because we don’t know where to begin and it all seems overwhelming. When dealing with your landscape, the solution to this problem is to create a master plan. If you are tackling the work all at once or doing the work in...

Winter Pruning

Winter Pruning

One of the key elements for keeping your garden looking its best is proper pruning, and winter is a great time to get out there and get your garden in shape. (Both literally and figuratively) Why Winter?The winter months are an excellent time to do the lion share of...

Pool Design and Installation

Pool Design and Installation

Often when people want to put a swimming pool in the backyard, they will call the local pool contractor and sign up for an installation. Unfortunately, most of the time, this is similar to someone that wants a house calling the lumberyard and ordering some wood....