Throwing Shade

When summer is here, the urge to plant bright and festive flowers is strong, especially in full sun locations. But what happens if you don't have a sunny spot for annuals? Don't give up! Shade gardens can be some of the most stunning gardens around. Here are some inspiring gardens and plants that will take your shade to a whole new level.   A great start to a shade garden is to plant several varieties of hostas and coral...

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Beacon Hill Beauties

Traveling is so important. When you travel as a designer, you open your mind to different climates, textiles, landscape and materials. As a traveler, you experience new smells, tastes, cultures and people. You don't even have to go far from home to experience the joys of traveling.   One thing I tend to look at while visiting different locations is how the locals landscape their homes. What do they paint their front door? What kind of yards...

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The Value of a Professional

Porto Cima Residence     Architects, Project Managers, Builders, Interior Designers and Landscape Architects make a successful team when designing, building and selling a home. Each profession has extensive knowledge in their field and can make decisions that increase the value of the project.   Why collaborate with landscape architects and landscape designers?   According to ASLA, the American Society of Landscape Architects, hiring a landscape architect can add as much as 15% to the home’s value over comparable houses. The value...

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Flood Protection

Currently the Midwest region is seeing major flooding over highways, in neighborhoods and over major spans of the land. While protecting your home from major flooding will take more than just a few plants and drainage, this post will give you tips on how to protect your basement or home from minor flooding.   Two main categories of prevent flooding in your yard are surface drainage and sub-surface drainage. Surface drainage can be planned through grading, water run...

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Natural Playscapes

By Kristy DeGuire, Landscape Architect and owner of DG2 Design I grew up on three acres of woods adjacent to acres of more woods, swinging vines and creeks, an ever changing paradise! [caption id="attachment_60309" align="alignright" width="225"] Plant vines or install ropes.[/caption] My Mom and Dad - like most parents in the area - would send us kids out the door with our rainboots and pails and not expect to see us until dinnertime.  Unfortunately, times have changed the...

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Peonies!

How do you pronounce peony? Do you emphasis pe-OH-knee, or pe-UH-knee? It's similar to the song tomato, tomahto, right? Well, let's not call the whole thing off shall we?   Spring is a wonderful time of year. Rain showers, warm days and cooler nights, the pollen and bees filling the air (my allergies don't agree) and the beautiful blooms of flowers. And what flowers are beginning to bloom? None other than the fragrant and show stealing peony.   For years...

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Egg-stra Special Easter Eggs

DG2 Home isn't a DIY blog, or a craft blog, but sometimes you can break the shell and write about something a little different. (See what I did there?)   DG2 Home is a landscape design firm that focuses on natural elements, sustainability and creativity, so today, we will give some inspiration and ideas for dying Easter eggs with natural ingredients, flowers and dyes. After all, adding natural eggs to your landscape is part of design, right?...

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Back Yard to Table

Spring is well under way and plots of vegetable and herb gardens should start being planned. To grow and harvest and cook and eat your own produce is very rewarding, as well as a lot of work. There are many guides out there to get started on your mini garden so it is important to do your research.   A garden in the back yard doesn't necessarily have to look like a garden in the middle of...

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What’s Popping?

It's spring time and we have had a crazy one at that.   Snow, heat, rain and cold has confused some of the spring time plants. Regardless, plants are blooming and allergies are abundant. Have you been walking or driving around asking yourself what trees are those? Or what flower is this? Today's post will show spring blooming trees and their names so that you can add it to your book of knowledge or your design files for...

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Retaining Walls in the Landscape

Does your space have a steep slope? Do you need to deter some drainage or control erosion? Retaining walls can be a great option for your landscape.   There are several DIY tutorials and resources for building your own, however, retaining walls when built incorrectly can break down and create damage. Consult a landscape construction company before you begin. Your soils, rock selection and existing landscape all play a part in a successful design, so plan out...

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