The summer season is winding down, the kids are back to school, Thanksgiving is here and the last thing on your mind is the improvements you need to make to your landscape. That will be a project for next year, right? Even if you are not starting construction in your yard until next year right now is the perfect time to start planning. Why you ask? Well there are many reasons of which I have listed a few below.
1. Many contractors have their schedules booked for the spring at least 6 months in advance. By thinking ahead and having a landscape design completed in the fall or winter season you will have a better chance of booking a contractor for the upcoming Spring/Summer.
The difference between a garden bed that you walk by and one that stops you in your TRACKS is one that uses the following key design elements when planning the layout of the plant material.
T exture-Using plant material with different textures brings interest to your planting plan. By contrasting various textures within the garden you enhance the visual qualities of each. One of my favorite plants to bring a fine texture to a bed is Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass.
R epetition-By repeating texture, shape or colour within a bed you bring visual harmony to the plant plan. A simple way to achieve this is to choose a tree, shrub or perennial with distinct features and repeat it in 3 different locations within the bed.
A rrangement-When positioning the plant material within the design you will want to arrange them in a way that t...
Over the years I have met many clients with regrets and sometimes horror stories when it comes to their outdoor space and landscaping. Often times these regrets could have been avoided if a Landscape Design had been utilized. This is not to say having a landscape plan makes you immune to unexpected surprises and changes during the construction phase of the project but it will help to eliminate some of the pains along the way. Here are a few of my top reasons for investing in a Landscape Design.
1. It helps to establish the locations and size of key elements in the space and how they relate to one another.
2. It ensures there has been sufficient space planned for the intended use of the key elements you want integrated.
3. It provides details around the plant material and materials require...