Phase One Landscape’s principal and co-founder Dave Graham sat down with the folks over at Colorado Homes & Lifestyles magazine for their Expert Advice feature. To find out more about what makes this pillar of Denver Landscape Architecture tick, head on over to Colorado Homes & Lifestyles’ website.
Phase One Landscape's Principal Landscape Architect Dave Graham
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What better time than the summer to go out and get a little dirty while enhancing your landscape? This is the time of year that you spend the most time outside enjoying your landscape, so why not put your green thumb to work. Not only will the results be aesthetically pleasing, you will also come to find that gardening can be incredibly relaxing and cathartic. To look back and see your handy work, your effort, your sweat in a fully bloomed fernbush is gratifying, to say the least.
Being that it is summer, the amount of sunlight that plants receive is at an all time high. No worries though–Phase One Landscapes has got two great suggestions for Colorado-area plants that will flourish in the summer heat and have your landscape be the talk of the neighborhood. Prepare to have your backyard mistaken for a floral oasis!
Take a look:
1. Fernbush - This plant requires very little water and minimal maintenance. It and produces bunches of small white flowers during the late spring and on through the early summer months.
2. Yarrow – a group of Rocky Mountain perennials that require sparse watering once established. Throughout the summer, flowers will begin to blossom at the tips of the tall stalks of the plant.
If you’d the type that would rather leave it to the professionals, contact Phase One Landscapes today and let us help with your landscaping needs this year!
Hummingbirds have the ability to add joy and life to any garden. If you are having trouble attracting these beautiful birds to your garden, here are a few plants that might be able to help.
The first is the snapdragon. Hummingbirds are attracted to the color red. They are also attracted to tubular flowers. The snapdragon provides the best of both worlds and hopefully will bring some hummingbirds your way.
Hummingbirds love searching for nectar in garden plants.
The second is the scarlet gilia. Like the snapdragon, this plant is red and tubular. Hummingbirds are attracted to tubular plants because their anatomy helps them find nectar deep within a flower. Also, the scarlet gilia is a deep red which is color that hummingbirds are most attracted to.
The third flower that can help attract hummingbirds is the honeysuckle. Their sweet nectar and tubular form are a big attraction.
You don’t have to go crazy with red, tubular plants in your garden. However, adding a few will definitely help attract the hummingbirds. For more information on landscaping contact Phase One Landscaping.
Some people think of their landscape as separate from their home, when actually a landscape is a continuation that is full of potential and possibilities. But just as you do for any other part of your home, you need to determine its intended purpose before it can begin fulfilling your needs. If you want to achieve your dream landscape design, check out HGTV’s suggestions for the different ways you can take advantage of your outdoor space:
An outdoor living space by Phase One Landscapes
To enjoy all the pretty plants and flowers or to attract birds and butterflies
To entertain—there’s so much you can do these days to make your outdoor landscape perfect for having guests over
To relax and rejuvenate after a trying day or to have somewhere to think in a peaceful setting
How do you want to use your outdoor space? If you want help getting your dream landscape in the Denver, Colorado, area, contact Phase One Landscapes today.
February means a lot of things to a lot of people—Valentine’s Day and Black History Month to name a couple—but we bet not too many people associate the second month of the year with blooming flowers. Nevertheless, there are a few flowers that do show their faces in February. Are you wondering which ones?
Pansies and snapdragons bloom in most plant hardiness zones, adding pretty pops of color to winter flowerbeds, like eHow explains here.
The Christmas rose can also be found with February flowers in white, lavender or pink. Get more details from this garden guide.
And ShelterPop’s gardening section mentions witch hazels and pussy willow plants offering blooms during this cold month. Witch hazels yield warm-colored blooms in red and yellow, while pussy willows have catkins.
Do you have winter flowers in your garden? For help with all of your February landscaping needs, contact Phase One Landscapes in the Denver, Colorado area at 303-750-6060.
All gardens need paths so people have a space to walk through or around them. Although some people end up with unplanned and haphazard walkways, you can have a beautiful and well-thought-out path leading through your landscaping to make it all the more useful and enjoyable. Just look at these pretty and practical paths from Phase One Landscapes’ portfolio for inspiration for you own garden walkway.
This red mortared flagstone path stylishly connects the outdoor living space to the front of the home.
Here’s another option. These buff flagstone squares provide a simple yet effective way to meander through the garden.
This pathway uses red flagstone pieces for garden access, tying in nicely with the bricks and mulch.
And this buff flagstone offers a more formal path from the outdoor living space to the front of the home.
Do you want a beautiful outdoor path for your Denver-area landscape? Contact Phase One Landscapes at 303-750-6060 for help.
Outdoor living is becoming increasingly popular these days, but freezing temperatures here in the Denver, Colorado, area make it harder to enjoy being outside. Not to worry. Outdoor fireplaces are adding stunning focal points in landscape design while warming up homeowners so they can enjoy the outdoors every season. Just check out these outdoor fireplaces from Phase One Landscapes’ portfolio to see how we can extend your living space:
This is a stucco fireplace accented with stone and tile, making it a beautiful centerpiece in the outdoor living area.
This is a buff stone gas firepit, where family and friends can gather around.
And here’s another pretty outdoor fireplace design, this time made of buff flagstone.
This is a particularly unique fireplace surrounded by concrete that forms the hearth and cantilevered chimney at the Steamplant in Lowry.
Do you want to incorporate an outdoor fireplace in your own backyard? Contact Phase One Landscapes at (303) 750-6060 for help.
If you didn’t bring any of your perennials or plants indoors for the season, here’s a neat way to create your own mini-tree, courtesy of DIY Life. You’ll need: a flower vase, a bare branch from outside, colored sheets of paper (plain or patterned), scissors and a hot glue gun.
Photo Credit: Laura Fenton via ShelterPop
Instructions: 1. Cut your branch so it fits inside the vase. Feel free to fill vase with stones to keep the branch from moving around.
2. With a pencil, outline leaves onto the colored paper. Cut them out.
3. Heat up the glue gun. Place a small dab of glue on the branch, then attach one of your leaf cut-outs to it.
4. Repeat Step 3 until your tree branch and leaves look just the way you like it.
This homemade décor is perfect to keep on display year-round! Also, leave us a comment and let us know if you tried this project. How’d it come out?
Many homeowners tend to lean on small flowers and plants to spice up their outdoor landscape. And there’s nothing wrong with that. But have you ever thought about incorporating trees into your home’s furniture or décor? Take a look at the new line of Sardana by Qui est Paul.
Photo Credit: Design Milk
The Sardana line, featured over at Design Milk, consists of weather resistance benches that wrap perfectly around a bonsai-like tree. Other pieces within the line are large planters. The collection comes in at least 13 colors including purple, yellow and pink – all of which are UV resistant.
Photo Credit: Qui est Paul
It takes a lot of imagination to be able to pull off something like this in your home’s décor. But it can work in many ways – outside on a patio or deck, near the front entrance or foyer, near a swimming pool or jacuzzi, or in a backyard garden area.
What do you think of this new line of Sardana décor? Leave a comment and let us know!