Lovely Bones are GardenWise

Late spring is a great time to take a close look at your garden to decide where you need to make some changes.  Truly memorable gardens get their character from lovely bones — benches, water features, garden accents,  sculptures, containers and planters,  stone work, arbors/pergolas, custom fences and gates, terraces, patios,  garden  lighting, and edging around  your plant beds.
 
Many first time gardeners are often surprised and discouraged when they find their  lovely  and very expensive collection of plants are nothing more than too many random plants piled together in a forgetable outdoor space.  Take the time out now to think about your garden’s bone structure.  
 
When you add architectural elements to your garden spaces that can include a bench, stone accents, an arbor, landscape lighting, a patio of flagstone, and a curving stone path to lead to your large grouping of beautiful plants, your  garden will come to life, and you’ll forever change your home life.

GardenWise project in McLean, VA

Recycling Garden Materials is GardenWise

Garden Recycling

There are so many advantages to using recycled materials when creating a hardscape garden project — for the environment and your wallet!  We use recycled  concrete for paving systems, recycled glass in stepping stones (see picture,)  and crushed recycled stone and granite for patio surfaces whenever possible.    

An added benefit to using recycled materials?  It cuts down on the cost of the installation of a landscape design.  If I can incorporate  larger pieces of old concrete into a design, the purchase and delivery of new materials is eliminated.  Also eliminated -the cost of removing and disposing of old materials.

If you think that you can’t afford to install your next hardscape project, be sure to ask your landscape architect/designer about using recycled materials.  The savings just may bring the project down in cost enough to fit into your budget.  

GardenWise on Your Garden’s Lovely Bones

Does Your Garden Have Lovely Bones?

Mid-Winter is a great time to take a close look at your garden to decide where you need to make some changes.  The most memorable garden spaces get character from their Lovely Bones — benches, containers and planters, water features, garden accents,  stone work, sculptures, custom fences and gates, arbors/pergolas,  terraces, patios,  garden  lighting, and edging around your plant beds.

Many first time gardeners are often surprised (and discouraged) when they find their  lovely and  very expensive collection of plants are nothing more than too many lovely and expensive plants in a forgetable  outdoor space.   When you add a  bench, some accents, a large rock, or a curving stone path to a large grouping of your beautiful plants, and some lighting, your garden will come to life!   
 
Spring is still far off, but if you take some time now to think about your garden’s bone structure now, your garden spaces will be truly memorable for spring and summer..
 
(GardenWise project in McLean, VA — photo credit: Lydia Cutter)