Plan for Spring Color

Daffodils and crocus bulbs can be purchased now for fall planting. Many companies give a discount if bulbs are bought in the spring. Daffodils are easy to plant and require only full sun and good drainage to create colorful displays next spring. Planting bulbs behind daylillies or other spring/early summer perennials will hide the daffodil foliage when it begins to die back. The old foliage should be left until it is completely brown. This feeds the bulb for the next year. Daffodils have an amazing variety of colors, flower types, heights and bloom times. They are also deer resistant which is a must for many gardeners. As a photographer I find they make amazing  still life subjects and fill the garden with beauty.

 

2016 Daffodil

Edibles in the landscape

Want to enjoy fresh produce and herbs but don’t have time or space for a real vegetable garden? Planting  vegetables in containers nestled among ornamental plants is an easy way to get started. Choose an area that gets at least 6 hours of sun a day tomato in landscape_9838when placing containers. Tomatoes and peppers are good choices. Patio tomatoes or cherry tomatoes work well with Marigolds planted in the pot to deter insects. Make sure your pot is 14-16″ in diameter and has drainage holes in the bottom. Tomatoes will need some sort of cage or support which can add a pop of color to the area. Use a good quality potting soil designed for vegetables.

Interest for the winter landscape

Ilex verticillata, “Sparkleberry” common name Sparkleberry Winterberry is an outstanding shrub/small tree for the winter landscapeSparkleberry in snow. The bright red berries persist through fall and are beautiful covered in a light snowfall. Hardy to Zone 3 this plant likes full sun to part shade, normal to wet soil conditions.

Signs of Spring

Spring is in full bloom in Texas at the Dallas Arboretum. If you can't make a long trip check out the Tower Hill Botanical Gardens in Boylston, MA. They have blooming plants in their conservatory.

Spring is in full bloom in Texas at the Dallas Arboretum. If you can’t make a long trip check out the Tower Hill Botanical Gardens in Boylston, MA. They have blooming plants in their conservatories that are amazing.

Shade Gardens that shine

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Why think of shade gardens as dull? Combinations of plants with foliage of varying colors, sizes, textures and forms create beautiful gardens that look amazing throughout the season. Heucheras (Coral Bells) are hardy perennials which have leaves of burgundy, green or red. They also produce small, light flowers that rise above the leaves. In shade gardens they work well with hostas, astilbes, hydrangeas and ferns. In the photo the Heuchera is the dark purple plant in the lower right corner. Other plants included are the Oakleaf Hydrangea with the white bloom, a variegated hosta and Polygonatum (Solomon’s Seal), in the center.

Shade garden composition

Shade garden composition

Color in the garden-beat the summer doldrums

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Blue Glass w Rudbeckia webAs summer ends the garden can begin to look tattered and dull. Add a pop of color with a piece of sculpture, glass, fountain, or found item that reflects your personality. Here a blue gazing ball works well with gold Rudbeckia in a bed of Golden Euonymus. This is also the time to order spring bulbs such as daffodils or tulips.

This is the time to start thinking about landscape design for next year. Fall is the perfect time to hire a landscape designer so the garden can be planned over the winter and ready to install in the spring. Plan ahead- call 603-315-9851 to make an appointment with Sally Turner today.

Fountains in the garden

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Fountains can add color, texture and the relaxing sound of water in a garden, or in this case, the corner of a deck. Adding pots of complimentary colors and plants such as grasses, annuals and perennials helps to create a focal point. The sound of the fountain can be heard from the adjacent porch area. Containers can be switched with the season to keep the look fresh and vibrant.

Fountains can create focal points.

Fountains can create focal points.

Four Season Design provides realistic images of new landscapes, as well as detailed plan drawings.

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Computer Rendering Planting Design for web

           Conceptual image of a woodland sitting area.

As a professional landscape designer I have been providing comprehensive landscape architectural plans for clients for over 30 years. New software allows overlays of design concepts on photos of existing landscapes.  The result is a realistic picture of the new landscape design. Clients can visualize the design with ease, and have a better understanding of the overall concept. The image can be altered as it is discussed, allowing quick turnaround time from concept to final master plan.