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Lychnis ‘Orange Gnome’

I’m always trialing new plants. I planted Lychnis ‘Orange Gnome’ this spring because it was a plant I didn’t have experience with. What I know so far is it appears to be pretty drought tolerant. It made it through this extra hot spring/early summer as a newly planted plant without a lot of attention or

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Landscape In Progress: Kent

After 38 years in the landscape industry, 28 years focusing on landscape design and garden installation, there’s not a lot of projects I get really excited about but this is one of those projects. Its not a huge landscape installation project. It’s not even a huge house. It’s quite the opposite. The project consists of

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A New Front Entrance Design

We just completed this landscape design for a residence in Kent. All of the outdoor living space is on the east side of the house. The small entrance patio is used in the afternoons and evening for relaxing. The main goal of this project was to create a more generous patio that would allow seating

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Bare Root Trees Direct to Landscape

I’m always trying to learn, experiment, and grow as a Horticulturist so when it came time to adding some trees to my own wetland, it became more of an experiment than anything else. For a couple of years, I’ve wanted to add some Tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica) trees to my wetland. Instead of just purchasing landscape

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Spring Garden Tasks

One of the first garden tasks I complete every spring is to cut back all the shrubs that flower on new wood. By doing so, I’m not only controlling overall height of the plant but I’m promoting an abundance of flowers. Plants that flower on new wood don’t really care how much they are cut

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Landscape Design Concepts

When we present a landscape design concept to a potential client, most of the time they usually rely on our many years of our expertise in design and horticulture. But sometimes after the initial presentation, things change beyond the original design intent. In this case, the client asked for a pull off for visitor parking

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Washington Design

Winter is typically a time when we are designing the landscape projects we will install this coming season. This is one of those projects. This photo is the beginning concepts for a Washington landscape. The project will include the filling of the old pool, creating a new pool, new parking court and driveway layout, new

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Proper tree planting

How to plant a tree

There are many factors that go into a successful tree planting.  The first and most important factor is planting depth.  Below is what a newly planted tree should look like. Unfortunately, the majority of trees I see planted look like this. Notice the roof flare is not visible on the above tree. Not good! This

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A Greener Landscaper

Landscape New Milford I’ve become friendly with a lot of landscapers over the years.  In conversations with these people, one thing is clear.  All of these people went into the landscape business because they have always enjoyed being outside and they all have strong ties to the natural environment.  Those of us landscapers who ended

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Plant Watch 2019: Rising Stars and Out of Favor

Every season I find some new underused plant that outperform my expectations. At the same time, I decide to cut ties with other plants that we’ve used on multiple jobs with lackluster results. First, the stinkers. This is the best this plant will look. Usually it sends up long stalks and the rebloom is hardly

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Piet Oudoff inspired landscape

I’m not going to lie, I was a little taken back when a client came to me and asked if I could design a Piet Oudoff inspired garden where there lawn currently existed. It’s not a huge lawn but it would still be a large undertaking that would require thousands of plants. Of course, I

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Newest Landscape Project in Washington

Here is a new landscape we are currently working on in Washington. The new house was carved into a slope above Lake Waramaug, creating this interesting courtyard. The space includes a pergola covered dining space, an entertainment area with fireplace and entrance gates that provides some enclosure from the driveway/garage side of the house. I

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