Just because the temperatures outside are about to drop significantly over the next month, doesn’t mean you can’t still landscape with fervor to create the perfect look for you. In fact, the idea that the winter season poses limitations on how creative you can get with your landscaping is a colossal myth! If anything at all, the season actually provides you with MORE options—if you know what you’re looking for, that is. Phase One Landscapes would like to provide you with a few tips, courtesy of This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook, to help you plan the perfect cold-weather landscape of your dreams!
Choose a cold-hardy container: Because water expands when frozen, any container made of a material that’s prone to freezing and subsequently cracking is a bad idea. Metal, plastic, and fiberglass are safe choices.
Plant with the coming seasons in mind: This seems like it would go without saying but often times, the smallest changes that need to be made with the season in mind are sometimes overlooked. For example, have you checked if the drain holes on your panting container covered to ensure good drainage? In the summertime, you usually don’t have to be as concerned with this since a considerable amount of water will evaporate from summer heat.
Picking the plants: Pick the best plants that are known to work particularly well in planters in the winter time. Roger notes that you can find ones that form balls, cones, and columns, as well as varieties that trail—an especially useful habit in composing a container. The needles offer variety, too, from soft-textured cypresses.
For more winter landscaping ideas for the Denver, Colorado area, contact Phase One Landscapes today!
One of the prettiest things about the fall is the beautiful scenery created year after year by leaves that have changed color from cool greens to hues of warm gold, yellow, red and orange. But have you ever wondered why this change in color happens? What causes this and why does it always happen at the same time each year? Phase One Landscapes did a little bit of poking around and found the back-story of fall leaf coloration.
As the leaf is “abandoned” by the tree, the green chlorophyll–the dominant chemical found in most leaves–is broken down and “recycled” by the tree, leaving behind other-colored chemicals. Supply lines to the leaves also become clogged. If the major chemical remaining in the abandoned leaf is red, then the leaf turns red. If it’s yellow, then the leaf turns yellow, and so on.
The yearly variation in color intensity is due to varying weather conditions, which can affect the balance of chemicals and their composition in the leaves. Differing amounts of rainfall, sunlight, temperature, humidity and other factors may have an effect on how bright, how quickly and how long the “leaf-peeping” season will be in any given year.
If you’re a fan of plants of color that extend beyond shades of green and are interested in having them in your landscape year-round, contact Phase One Landscapes today and learn about all the different varieties that we can incorporate into your landscape.
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It’s that time of year again! That time when outdoor entertaining becomes the norm and we take advantage of every waking opportunity to hang out on the patio. But here in Denver, Colorado, summer nights can be a tad nippy and an evening of entertaining on the back beck can become downright chilly after a little while. That’s why we suggest accenting your yard with an outdoor fireplace!
Not only will it increase the value of your home but it will also warm your guests up on those cooler nights. It can provide warmth, but it also provides a gentle light that helps brighten your yard without the severe intensity of an incandescent light.
Do you want to incorporate an outdoor fireplace in your own backyard? Contact Phase One Landscapes at (303) 750-6060 for help.
Creating a landscape that is beautiful and personal for each client is our main focus here at Phase One Landscapes. We believe that unique landscapes should be fashioned around the individual who enjoys the garden most. One way we’ve found to add character to your architectural landscape is to use a garden sign.
Garden signs add personality to any landscape.
Expression can be done in many ways in the garden. Your specific choice of furniture, design, and plants are just a few. Garden signs are another way to show off your personal style. They are a fun approach to bringing charm into a sophisticated landscape. Garden signs may also be used to show the significance of an area or to emphasize the garden with humor or insight.
For landscapes full of interesting plants, a garden sign that gives information about those plants may be helpful. For avid gardeners, there are many signs that express the joys of gardening.
Whatever your choice, garden signs bring personal flair to any style of landscaping. Contact Phase One Landscaping for help designing your dream landscape today.
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!
If you need to give your backyard a face lift, but money is a little tight, there’s no need to worry. Southern Living has some ideas from Kentucky garden designer, Jon Carloftis. Carloftis bought an older house in Lexington and decided to save money by transforming existing structures instead of starting from scratch. Here’s how he did it:
Carloftis began by diving the yard into several smaller spaces, which creates a more welcoming, useful and bigger feel. The idea here is to bring the indoors out and the outdoors in.
Instead of removing the asphalt of an unused section of the driveway, Carloftis choose to cover it with a layer of mixed pea gravel and create a courtyard. Shrubs and flowers were placed to make a border for an outdoor living room. The cast-iron fire pit is a great place for entertaining guests, even in cooler weather.
The old garage walls and French doors below just didn’t work together, so Carloftis added brackets to the front and put a piece of wood on top of them. This supported the fiberglass planters he installed, along with pretty flowers in them, created the perfect solution.
Next, Carloftis transformed the old garage into a potting shed to store plants and gardening supplies in. Braces were put in to support the sagging walls. He also painted the floor asphalt white.
The secret lawn is a place in Carloftis’ yard used to be open to his neighbors, but now it’s a secret hideaway. How did he do it? An inexpensive privacy fence was added to the perimeter. Then, trees, shrubs and perennials were planted in front of the fence.
The screened porch was rarely used, so Carloftis renovated it into a glassed-in bedroom. Carloftis explained that fiberglass was chosen because it never splits and can be painted or stained.
The living green gate is perhaps the most unique feature this yard. A galvanized horse trough was filled with soil and planted with arborvitaes. A wooded brace was built for the bottom and an old piano dolly was attached to easily open and close the gate.
Landscape Architects Announce 2010 Professional Awards : Prestigious jury of leading designers and editors selects 49 projects for recognition.
From the ASLA:
Washington, D.C., April 27, 2010 – The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced the winners of the 2010 Professional Awards, representing the best in landscape architecture around the world in the categories of general design, residential design, analysis and planning, research and communication. The jury considered 618 entries – the largest number in ASLA history – from 20 countries around the world, selecting 49 projects for distinction. The awards ceremony will take place on Monday, September 13, at 12 noon during the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Washington, D.C. The upcoming ceremony and awards video are sponsored by Firestone Specialty Products.
Click here to view the full list of award winning projects, along with high-quality images, project descriptions and the professional jury.