Garden Design Inc. was invited to develop planting plans for the pictured property in Emmaus PA. The home is newly constructed with no existing landscaping. But, it does have outstanding views of the natural landscape vistas beyond the back of the home. The program for this phase of landscaping is divided into four phases. One phase is to provide a beautiful entry planting where the driveway exits the main road. Another priority is to install tree, shrub and perennial plantings along the busy main road. The front of the home plantings invite visitors and soften the architecture. Finally, several planting islands extend visual interest and create a sense of space to the gardens. This is a conceptual planting plan. It allows us to share the design ideas and character without investing the extensive time required to detail each planting choice. This level plan allows us to budget a project. Once a client reviews the ideas and budget, we can then design the specific plant varieties.
All of the gardens are a combination of trees, shrubs and perennials. Trees provide the main vertical architecture. They help scale a property into the surroundings. Trees also provide the middle and taller level layers to the landscape. This design has a combination of evergreen and deciduous trees. The evergreen trees are designed as landscape anchors and strong visual screens. The deciduous trees are mostly small to medium size flowering trees. These create a veil to screen views and provide seasonal interest in flowers and fall leaf color.
Shrubs are the backbones of a planting design. This design uses a combination of evergreen and deciduous flowering shrubs. Larger sizes are used along the roadway and the perimeters. These will tend to be more of the evergreen varieties that flower but not as profusely as others. Small and more ornamental shrubs are used to ward the fronts of the planting beds and nearer to the home.
Perennials, ornamental grasses and ground covers complete the planting design. These are arranged toward the front of the planting beds. The perennials are designed with contrasting textures and bloom seasons. The goal is continuous landscape interests from spring to fall.
Fencing and Gates can be an influential elements defining the character of any landscape or garden, but they play an especially important role in the small, courtyard landscape. When the fence and gate become close and present architecture in a landscape experience, the scale, proportions and materials take on increased significance toward the character of the outdoor room. Garden Design Inc. designs and installs standard and custom fences and gates in Allentown and the surrounding Lehigh Valley.
When a landscape design includes fences and gates, consider the garden visitors experience of those architectural elements. Will they feel trapped by the fence or made safe and secure by it? Will the material be warm and inviting to create a sense of peace and harmony in the garden? Or will it be sleek and refined to express a certain elegance whether classic or modern of design intent? Or will it be practical and uninteresting, thus best veiled by plantings or other landscape elements?
Wood fences and gates tend toward the warm and inviting end of the design character spectrum. Being a natural material, and one from a living object, we experience a sense of that life in the fence. The type of wood will further define the landscape character. A pine fence will be organic and campy while a custom hardwood fence may express a mid-century modern craftsmanship.
Vinyl fences are practical and lack much in the way of character. There are some nicer styles that are made with more detailed craftsmanship. But it is still a synthetic material, a cold material and not a welcoming option. However, it is a very practical option as the initial cost of the fencing and gates will be lower than a custom wood fence and the long term maintenance cost of the fencing will be very low. Vinyl fencing works best with some distance between the patio or outdoor living areas and the fence such that a veil of plantings can be installed to soften the overall affect of the fence.
Less standard and more innovative fencing and gates can be designed with a variety of materials from bamboo fencing to metal fencing options. These custom options get expensive but offer a unique character to the landscape courtyard. An especially distinctive and warm option is to combine solid fencing materials with living fence elements. Vines have long been used to soften fences and create character to a space. For more innovoative fence ideas, review : Garden Design Inc – Pinterest Fence Portfolio
Gates are one of the most memorable and architecturally defining element of any garden. The express a first impression to the landscape visitor. A solid gate of quality and craftsmanship will express a quality in the landscape design. Good garden gates can be expensive, but are well worth it in respect to the importance in a landscape. Review gate ideas at: Garden Design Inc. , Pinterest Portfolio of Gates
Take time to design fences and gates the relate the overall character of the landscape. There are many good fence builders in Allentown PA. Garden Design Inc. has designed and installed a wide variety of fences and gates in Allentown and the surrounding Lehigh Valley.
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