Landscapes are often a work in progress. No matter how thorough your planning has been, the project is looking for those added tweaks so that…well, it just feels right.
Years ago I worked for a design/build company as a crew foreman. This company had its own nursery/garden center. The designer would ask me to gather all the plants listed on the planting plan for the project.
After I had every plant set aside, he would then select additional plants be brought along. Why? So he could add, change and tweak his arrangements right then and there.
According to the plans and contracts this project (#6) is now complete. But I look forward to coming back over time and adding small enhancements that take it to the next level.
The homeowners’ previous property had many large trees. This caused their house to be dark inside.
Out of concern for that happening again they requested no additional trees be planted on the new site.
As a result, the landscape lacks the “ceiling” effect that larger trees provide — making the space feel too open.
In addition, well-positioned trees would help integrate the large home onto the site better.
There’s a wood deck on the “southwest side” of the house (pass the sunblock, please! :-)) that would really benefit with a shade tree planted nearby.
In the meantime a recently installed retractable awning helps.
This is especially true when working with boulders and other hardscape features. Many plants have already been planted to soften the rock, and in 2-3 years it will look quite different.
But to really set this landscape apart, we need to identify the remaining open spaces between the rocks and along steps and pathways. (The pic below clearly shows examples of these voids.)
Here is where all those awesome plants with interesting colors, textures and forms can be used to soften the hard stone edges.
When this nooks & cranny planting has filled in (along with the original plantings), all the landscape’s elements will appear as if they had been there for years.
This is the attention to detail that distinguishes the OK gardens from the amazing gardens.
I’ll always think of landscapes as a work in progress. It’s fun adding things and keeps the landscape interesting.
Here’s the previous post to this project.
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Landscapes are complex, and shortcomings anywhere in the process can affect the project… and your peace of mind.
My approach is process-oriented. I break things down from planning to implementation — and make sure everyone is kept informed.
My goal is to alleviate concerns such as design decisions, costs, workmanship and material quality. I want folks to stress less and actually enjoy the process.
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