Firework Garden

The fourth of July has passed and for many people, fireworks are the best part of the holiday. I prefer eating lots and lots of picnic food, but hey, we all have our own interests.   For those who love fireworks and want to keep them in your life all season, then think about planting these flower varieties in your garden next year! You will have a stunning show of blooms and you won't stress out your...

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Rain Garden Grants

Getting started on an environmentally friendly landscape project can be daunting. Where do you start? How much will it cost? Well if you live in the St. Louis region and are interested in creating rain gardens or stormwater runoff efficient design, then you may qualify to receive up to $3, 000 in grant money.   MSD Project Clear  (Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District) is the initiative to improve water quality and alleviate many wastewater concerns in the...

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Sustainable Design

  Weather is unpredictable. Weeks of drought followed by weeks of rain can wreak havoc on a landscape. Plant materials that aren’t adaptable to your region’s climate could suffer. Water bills could be on the rise during those hotter months, while too much water can drown your plants and leave a soggy mess. This is where sustainable landscape design can save money while helping the environment. Sustainable landscape is to be designed both aesthetical and functional with...

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Backyard Pergolas

The summer months are time for grilling, swimming and being outside. Creating a backyard oasis takes time and lots of layers, but a good start is to create a space for gathering. Patios are great, but why not take the extra step and have a pergola designed so that there is shade while you eat? Pergolas can be a nice base for plants and add a whimsical charm by stringing outdoor lights among the beams. A...

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Classic Landscapes

As with anything in life, trends come and go, even with landscaping. There are some things in design that are just classic materials and will stand the test of time. With home materials I think of marble, subway tiles and clean white walls. Fashion, it's always the little black dress or a good denim shirt. And for landscaping? Boxwoods.   Boxwoods are seen in gardens around the world. They can be overgrown, manicured, topiary style or dwarf varieties....

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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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