Water Fountains are Gardenwise
When you think about your outside spaces, take it to the next level and add a water feature! Fountains and water features come in many interesting shapes and sizes and can deliver transforming results.
There’s something about water and the sight and sound of it trickling and tumbling over stones and splashing into a pool. It’s one of the most enjoyable and relaxing additions to any garden. When the sunlight sparkles and all the colors from your garden appear in the water’s reflection, you’ll be hooked! An added bonus? The birds you’ll attract with a fountain will make for a great natural pest control and improve the fertility of your soil. And with a good supply of water in your garden, they’ll eat less of your fruits and vegetables.
Below is a water feature I designed and installed — and here are more fountains
Home & Design Magazine Article ‘A Modern Landscape’
When J. Mark White of GardenWise was called in to restore the garden of a 1920s Colonial Revival, he was already familiar with the property, having previously landscaped the front and back yards. After fire struck the Cleveland Park home, the owners turned to the landscape architect for a redo.
Capture Your Garden & Share with Family & Friends!
This is coolest gift for anyone interested in watching a living plant bloom & grow – The PlantCam!
The PlantCam is a digital garden camera, and a great spring gift for the gardener in your life who starts every day with a quick tour just to see how well everything is blooming. It’s a four-megapixel time-lapse digital camera that captures mini-movie frames of your plants as they grow. It costs less than $100.00 and operates with a motion-sensor camera that also photographs wildlife at the backyard perch, feeder or nest. It can zoom in for closeups of sprouting seeds or capture an entire garden in wide angle. It comes in a weatherproof case, and takes about five minutes to install.
The best feature? It‘s PC and Mac compatible, so you can share your garden’s progress with family and friends on facebook and YouTube!
On Monday, we talked about what you can do in your garden during the cold winter months to prepare for Spring. In addition to our tips, the Washington Post came up with a few more ideas for the month of February:
Spray For Pests Now — Spray roses, fruit trees, and other ornament prone to mites, scale and lacebug with dormant oil to kill overwintering eggs. An oil spray in winter will minmize pest problems this growing season.
Hoe & Pull Winter Weeds – Hoe or pull weeds taht have taken hold in garden beds and are preparing to bloom and seed, especially benbit and chickweed.
Cleaning Garden Beds – Continue to clean up garden beds in advance of spring. Cut back faded perennial foilage and rake wind-blown leaves, which may be covering emerging bulbs and harboring slugs and other pests.
And be sure to remind yourself, as the country prepares for another large storm that will certainly bring more snow to the DC area, Spring officially begins on March 20th !
It’s that time of year again; time for your garden to lie under the covers with its eyes shut tight. While the snows piles high and frigid weather wraps stealthily around us, your garden must sleep through the bombardment of December, January and February.
But our work is never done! Here’s a short list of what you can do right now to prepare your garden for the post-winter months:
• Make mental notes of possible garden improvements, additions, or even deletions as you walk around the garden. Contemplate what you will need for these improvements and make a schedule for the spring.
• After wet snow or high wind, check for broken branches and cut them off to prevent further tearing of bark.
• If possible, drain any garden puddles that stand more than a few hours. Do not walk on garden soil when soggy, and avoid walking on water-saturated lawns.
• Check mulch for disturbance by squirrels & birds. Repair as needed.
See more winter landscape images in the GardenWise Portifolio
I received my Plant Cam as a Christmas gift, can’t wait to set it up!
If you live in Washington, D.C., consider the different landscape and hardscape spaces you can create to occupy the space between your home and the street. In the district, front garden spaces can be a major challenge as some of our front doors can be a mere 3-5 feet from the sidewalk/street. As a native Washingtonian, I’ve faced these very challenges for many years with my own homes, and I’m here to remind you there are no limitations — only possibilities!
Your front space can be a secure, lush, and green, where you can spend many hours of enjoyment throughout the year. With the right design plan incorporating various hardscape elements, such as new walls, stairs, walkways, and patios, and landscape elements, including plants, shrubs, trees, flowers, and plant containers, your home will come to life before your eyes. By adding other landscape design elements such as custom iron work, new lighting, and a new front door, an unused and uninspired front yard space can be transformed into an eye-catching, lush, and sophisticated space. You’ll enjoy more of your home in a way you never dreamed was possible, and the 10-15% increase in your home’s value is an added bonus. Below are before and after pictures of a small front yard space I designed and installed on Capitol Hill.
I hope you will contact GardenWise, Inc. via email or at 202-543-3422 to discover all of your possibilities!
A well designed garden can be like adding a room to your home. And I’m passionate about creating landscape designs that can change how my clients use and enjoy their outside spaces. Below are before and after pictures I took with my iPhone of one of my favorite Washington, D.C., projects this year. The D.C. homeowners are just terrific, and they allowed GardenWise to go all out and create and install a bold garden design with a very dramatic outcome. I can’t wait to have photographer Lydia Cutter shoot the garden for us once the work is complete. Check back here for some new photos next month !