Monthly Archives: August 2010

The Garden Festival

Yearly there are garden festivals all around the world.  While traveling in France one of our employees, Ryan, was fortunate to visit the International Garden Festival.

Of the 25 different gardens, we want to share several that use color and show the effects it has on the garden in new and exciting ways.

Keep an eye on the form, materials, vegetation.  As color becomes more involved, the experience of the garden changes drastically as color can compliment or contrast different elements.  Reflections, mood changes and other playful effect all create new ways not only adding excitement but can add that relaxing tone you would like to see in your own residence.  Enjoy the play, explore the variety and see how color in the landscape changes and even inspires your next project/addition!

Here at Lifescape Associates we pride ourselves in versatility with styles for each client’s garden. We have employees who have traveled through a wide variety of gardens in Europe and would love to discuss the ways that a garden can be the best new addition to your lifestyle.

Take a look at our own Colorado landscape projects that use color.

How to Effeciently Water your Yard

A lot of homeowners take pride in their lush, green lawns and landscaping. It’s a boost for the neighborhood and makes your outdoor home environment a pleasant place to relax and play. Therefore, it is important to learn how to water your landscaping the right way, to keep your lawn healthy and you happy.

Here are a few irrigation tips to get you started:

1. Check your community watering restrictions. Certain regions may have experienced droughts and implemented laws that restrict your outdoor water usage. Make sure you abide by the laws.

2. Only water the grass when it needs it. Not just for water conservation reasons but most people don’t know that overwatering your lawn can cause your grass to develop fungus and certain diseases. Depending on the type of grass you have, temperature, humidity and even wind – all these attributes can affect how much water your lawn needs.

3. Water your lawn deeply to encourage deep root growth. To encourage the roots to grow deeper, water your grass only when it needs to be watered and make sure you water it enough to penetrate the root zone. If you do too many shallow waterings, you actually encourage weed germination. For a bluegrass lawn, you probably want to moisten the soil 6-8 inches but for most others the water should penetrate to 8-12 inches.

4. Watering early in the morning reduces loss to evaporation. If you water your lawn using the sprinklers between 4 a.m. and 9 a.m. on a hot day, you cut down on the time water evaporates before it hits the ground.

Photo: renovation-headquarters.com

The Tuscan Landscape

Italy is considered to most, the heart and birthplace of garden design, and with it came several unique styles.

Looking for a space of function in highly refined experience that adheres to that vegetable garden or social space? Combining Italian Countryside and Renaissance, The Tuscan Landscape creates the perfect compliment to our Colorado seasons.

A stairway leads from formal garden to a more intimate room which dissects underneath a vine covered arbor.  This trellis creates a shaded break overlooking the garden below.
Where roads, stairs, and hardscape inhibit the normal garden experience, pots and planters are filled to enliven the experience.
The vegetation varies from formal groomed to wild, creating a playful effect as potted trees create their own sense of architecture in the landscape.
Water in the Tuscan landscape not only creates a cooling effect, but is used as an accent and reflection for the grand elements within the garden.
The garden experience not only focuses on aesthetic and the outdoor room, but encourages views like the open countryside.

Some key design elements you will see in the Tuscan Garden are:

  • Sequence: Common to Italian Renaissance, sequential experiences guides open views into intimate spaces.
  • Architectural: Sculpted vegetation adds movement and adds playful contrast to side relaxed ‘overgrown’ rooms.
  • Vegetation: like at a farm, vegetation is not just for beauty but for great food and smells! (herbs, grapes/fruits, lavender)
  • Microclimates: Water use creates cooling effects like grottos and fountains, a cool oasis from the heat.
  • Art: Murals and Terra Cotta Pots overflow onto the hardscape creating eloquent rooms for social or private moments

Here at Lifescape Associates we pride ourselves in versatility with styles for each client’s garden. We have employees who have traveled through a wide variety of gardens in Europe and would love to introduce and inspire your landscape with the world’s garden designs.

Take a look at our own Colorado landscape projects inspired by Tuscan garden style:

Tuscan and Modern Pottery

In many projects Lifescape has done, we have used pots to make a space much more enjoyable.  Many spaces with pottery are designed after precedents from European areas.

For example: Tuscany.  Here are a few photos of how pots have made spaces much nicer and more enjoyable.

They often can bring color to a hardscape area that might otherwise not have color.

Also, you can plant spreading or aggressive plants that will be contained in pots.

Companies that supply pots in different forms and sizes…
Longshadow
Tuscan Imports
Haddonstone

Modern looking pots can also be used to spruce up a roof garden or contemporary space.  Here are a few modern pots that give a fashionable flair to their space:

Usually, if you are looking to take a very stylish approach to your garden or living space, a modern garden pot is the way to go.

Consider changing out some of those boring pots you have, and brighten up your home or garden space with a pot that brings some style and personality into your space.

Last two Modern pot Photos: themoderngardener.wordpress.com, firebox.com

French Garden Design

If you are looking to create a garden that is a work of art, consider a French garden design. Some of the most classic French Gardens seen in Europe were designed in the renaissance and baroque time periods.

The garden of Versailles

Versailles, one of the most classic, was designed during the Baroque age and represents massive size and scale. Located just outside of Paris, the garden of Versailles belonged to King Louis XIV and is one of the most lavish gardens in France.

The Luxembourg Gardens

Back in 17th and 18th century France, these gardens were created as extensions to the chateau they surrounded and as a means of exhibiting ones wealth, power and royalty. The Luxembourg Gardens, located on Paris’ left bank, surrounds the Luxembourg palace with sprawling lawns and abundant flowers, harmonious paths and trees.

The Mirabell Garden

The park and garden of Schloss Mirabell Palace is one of the most famous formal gardens from the Baroque age in Europe. Located in Austria, the Mirabell Garden is known for its unique dwarf garden featuring a number of misshapen creatures made of white Untersberg marble.

The Mirabell Garden

Some key design elements you will see in French garden design are:

  • very large scale, often with long and large axis
  • trimmed and manicured vegetation,  forming trees and shrubs into distinct shapes
  • complex curves and angles almost always symmetrical
  • impressive water fountains, statues and sculptures
  • abundant blooming flowers

Here at Lifescape Associates we pride ourselves in versatility with styles for each clients garden. We have employees who have traveled through a wide variety of gardens in Europe and would love to introduce and inspire your landscape with the worlds garden designs.

Take a look at our own Colorado landscape projects inspired by French garden design:

Stay tuned to the blog to see and learn more about the different garden designs of the world!