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Making of a Landscape Truck

When buying a used truck, you never know what you’re going to get or what you’re going to end up with if the truck needs to be refitted for a new body. Beyond engine, transmission or other unknown issues, it’s always a crap shoot on whether you’ll end up with what you were hoping for

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Enhancing A Grass Meadow

We are getting more calls from people wanting to enhance their large grass meadows with flowers. Here is a project we recently completed in Woodbury. The meadow is a little over 2 acres. In this first phase, we planted approx. 500 native and non native ornamental grasses and perennials in two different areas, a lower

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A New Milford Front Yard Landscape

In this New Milford front yard, it’s all about curb appeal. Between the parking court and front door, no grass exists. Visitors to this property are introduced to an explosion of color from a combination of annuals, perennials, flowering shrubs, early spring and summer flowering bulbs as well as 8 containers filled with flowers and

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Washington Perennial Garden

A New Mixed Perennial Border in Washington

My clients recently purchased this property in Washington. There was a new lavender garden that was planted just prior to the sale. Lavender is one of those plants that everyone wants but Litchfield County rarely provides what the plant wants or needs. Lavender needs a soil that is free draining. It prefers pure sand or

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Formal Vegetable Garden

Formal Vegetable Garden: A Work In Progress.

At my own house, we are in the process of transitioning from a large 30×40′ vegetable garden that was always out of control by mid summer to a smaller, much more manageable formal vegetable garden. The plan was for four 4×8′ beds and two 4×4′ beds. After going though the process of analyzing all the

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Large Green Mountain Boxwood CT

Large Boxwoods Connecticut

If you’re looking for large Boxwood and you’re in Connecticut, I have them. We grow Wintergreen, Green Velvet and Green Mountain Boxwoods. All these Boxwood varieties have great hardiness for all of Connecticut unlike Buxus sempervirens and Dwarf English Boxwood. The Wintergreen Boxwoods are in the 48″ range, Green Mountains are 52″ tall and make

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Allium Bulbs

Allium in the Garden

Allium bulbs are great. The large globe shaped flowers will add a bit of whimsy to any garden. What’s not to love? What’s not to love is the dying foliage that happens while the plant is in all its glory. It’s not recommend to remove the foliage of any bulb before it turns completely tan

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Plant Watch 2021: Rising Stars and Out of Favor

Every once in a while I write about plants that I’m really liking and plants I’ve decided they aren’t worth my time or precious space in the garden. Today, let’s talk bulbs. They are top of mind since we just finished another spring show of these early bloomers. First, a thought on bulbs and landscape

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Deer Resistant Native Plants That You Might Not Think Of

Creating an all native garden becomes a challenge if deer are in the neighborhood. Rudbeckia, Echinacea and Asters are garden staples in the native garden but they are also deer food. Following is a list of plants that are native to Connecticut that we’ve found deer tend to avoid.  These plants are not only native, 

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Girdled tree from Nylon Rope

Planting Trees. Do It Once, Do It Right

I often say that anyone can put plants in the ground and our real niche at Designing Eden llc, the thing that differentiates us from most others, is our ability to create kick ass landscape designs. A craft we’ve been perfecting ever since I graduated with an Associates Degree in Horticulture and a Bachelors Degree

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Kent Landscaping

Landscaping Connecticut: A Look back at 2020

2020 was a landscape season not to be forgotten. The season started with a lot of uncertainty due to Covid. Most landscapers assumed the market would pull back as Covid spread throughout Connecticut. In some regards, 2020 was business as usual and in some regards it was far from it. Color coding tools and garbage

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Best Boxwood CT

Best Boxwood for CT?

Boxwood Blight has definitely been a concern over the last couple of seasons in Connecticut. The blight, that has been in CT since 2011, has only been a rear problem in 2011, 2019 and 2020. Those season seemed to provide plenty of favorable weather for the blight. We had two clients that have had Boxwood

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