Retaining Walls

Retaining walls are a very practical approach to tackling troublesome slope issues in addition to providing significant interest to the landscape if designed and installed properly. A myriad of material choices is available as well as construction techniques. With all retaining wall development, careful consideration to drainage should be given. A well-executed wall or wall…
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Texture in the Landscape

Variations of texture in the landscape are a great way to add interest and intrigue to any landscape setting.  In this Centennial, Colorado garden, combining Coreopsis and Blue Avena Grass not only provides a great color contrast but a wonderful textural difference.  Many plant combinations can be used to create dynamic effects to help add…
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Landscape Renovation

Modifications or improvements to an older property can breathe new life into any landscape. Overgrown plantings, failing patios or paths, faltering irrigation systems or drainage problems can all be easily addressed in a landscape renovation project. The photo above shows how all of those items were addressed in a 15-year-old property in Aurora. In addition, landscape…
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Site Inventory / Site Analysis

Prior to implementing a successful landscape development or modification, a thorough inventory and analysis of the existing site must be completed. A site inventory is simply that…a count and measurement of all existing improvements that will affect or be impacted by the new development. A site analysis is a thorough study of many factors that…
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Landforms / Berming (the shape of the land)

Berms are essentially mounds of soil that are either naturally occurring or man-made. They are very useful if properly designed and installed in creating landscape interest, directing drainage, screening views and enhancing plantings. The photo above is obviously an extreme example but it shows the interest landforms can provide. A proper landscape design should assess…
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Seating in a Setting

Landscape seating can take on many different forms. To achieve success in designing and implementing seating areas within a landscape, the landscape architect/landscape designer must consider many factors. These considerations should include the end-users mobility, the user’s desires (contemplative vs. public), access, views, surfacing (steel/wood/stone/composite), budget, and maintenance requirements. The best way to determine the proper…
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Screening and Outdoor Privacy

Colorado weather allows for outdoor entertainment for most of the year.  Often, screening or privacy becomes a significant desire in a landscape design.  Consideration should be given to weather patterns, existing site amenities, architecture, and budget when designing and implementing a successful privacy screen.  Frequently, the desired privacy can be obtained with the introduction of…
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Ornamental Tree That Attracts Birds

The May Day Tree is appropriately named as its pendulous white flowers, many nearly 5″ long, appear in that month after setting its dark green leaves. The flowers have a unique, almost almond scent. For those who wish to attract birds to their landscape, the May Day Tree is a perfect choice to include in…
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Spring Tulips

Tulips are a welcome addition to any spring landscape.  The Dutch grow over 3 billion tulips annually in a vast array of colors.  Depending upon the variety, tulips can be early blooming (early April) through late-blooming (late May).  Mixed with other bulbs in a border, one can achieve an early show of color from mid-March…
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