A landscape can be informal, formal or a combination of both. Informal landscapes tend to have curvilinear lines and winding paths. Formal landscapes have more formal planting beds and paths with straight lines. A mixed landscape may have a formal layout, but informal and loose plantations in the frame. The selection of the general layout of the landscape is essential because it helps to define the mood and energy of the space. It is important to get the right layout the first time because it can be long and costly to start over. The overall goal of this step is to bring together all the elements of design as if it were a puzzle so that the final landscape, even after several phases of installation, seems to be a unified and well thought out concept.
Just because you do it yourself does not mean you have to do it alone! We practice ecologically sustainable landscaping as much as possible. We integrate native plants and rain gardens into our plans and encourage composting, sustainable maintenance practices and natural water management. Proper care is essential to the longevity of your landscape. Simple tasks performed each year will ensure plant health, improve attractiveness and allow your landscape to thrive.
Plant twice as much as necessary, thinking that they will be enlightened in a few years, double the cost of labor, and often the clearing never happens. Plants become overpopulated and compete for water and nutrients. The stressed and overpopulated plants are more susceptible to the depredation caused by insects and plant diseases. Pests lead to unattractive, low maintenance plants that must be removed because they are unhealthy.
A garden with a plan provides both beauty and elegance, says landscape architect Edmund Hollander. Here, a straight line of blue stone pavers reinforces the lines of ownership, and the lavender borders focus attention. In a cottage of French inspiration, the wisteria shades a group of bistro chairs by the pool. Very chic! Add ambiance to an outdoor dining room with a group of topiaries. Monica Bhargava frequently uses her terrace lined with greenery for outdoor dinners. Between the foyer and the floating dock, it is difficult to choose where to relax at the sophisticated Thom Filicia lake.