Principles of Landscape Design

Professional Landscape Designers put considerable thought into the planning and layout of any client’s yard or garden. Good designers are able to pull inspiration from the homeowners to create a visible personality of the person residing behind the hedges. But what factors go into the design aside from colorful plants and clean lines? What are designers doing with my responses to their questions? The following aspects of landscape design are considered for every client of...

Harvest the Rain Using a Rain Barrel

In the eco-centric 21st century, homeowners around the country are making use of a new, simple, water harvesting method: the rain barrel. By merely putting a sizable container beneath your downspout for collection during a rainstorm, the concept is straightforward enough. With dozens of companies taking advantage of this home gardening phenomenon, you can get your pick of a useful and eye-catching installation. Water conservation experts have found that anywhere between 1,200 and 1,500 gallons...

Watering Restrictions for Orange and Seminole Counties

It’s May, which means that regardless of being before Memorial day we have officially hit summer-time in Florida. Temperatures have risen and we have started the midday rain showers. What does this mean for your landscaping? Time to water. The scorching Florida Sun can do considerable damage to the plant-life in your garden or the grass in your yard if they are not receiving the proper amount of hydration. Often the midday showers are not...

Vinca as a Landscaping Groundcover Solution

Let’s face it, not even six inches below your lawn is sand and that makes things very difficult to grow sometimes. Landscapers can bring in truckload after truckload of top soil, fertilize for optimum conditions, and grass will still not grow with acceptable coverage. Enter Vinca, a viney subshrub that can cover the problem area without requiring 100% of the area’s soil to support growth. Vinca, or common periwinkle, is an evergreen plant that is...

Adding Viburnum into your Landscape

Landscaping does not limit you to grass and small trees,  you can also add shrubs to your design. David Saunders’ “The Home Garden” blog is an excellent resource for gardening projects big and small. In “The Viburnums in Early Spring,” Dave talks about his favorite shrub, Viburnum, and their different varieties’ life-cycles and delightful fragrances. By far my most favorite shrub is the viburnum. I’m working on collecting as many as I can, either through...