Monthly Archives: June 2011

Designing Intimate Outdoor Spaces

For those who live in the city or simply have a small landscape, small intimate outdoor spaces are needed to still be able to connect with nature and simply enjoy your outdoor environment. Having a small landscape or outdoor area does not have to prevent you from enjoying a relaxing area to sit and read, people watch, enjoy a garden or the calming sounds of water. Many urban residences have small courtyards, patios, balconies or terraces that can be transformed into the perfect intimate outdoor space. And for homeowners who have a tiny backyard, for a professional landscape architect, a little green space can go a long way.

Lifescape Associates can design your landscape or outdoor space no matter how small. We blend architecture, people and nature into a functional and pleasing landscape environment because we know it pays to have an outdoor space where you and your family can enjoy life to the fullest.

Easy-to-Grow Plants perfect for your Tea Garden

Are you one who loves to enjoy a great cup of tea outside in the garden or out on the back patio? Then why not grow your own tea in the garden? If you are new to the world of gardening, tea is a great starter plant because it is easy to grow. And if you don’t have enough space for an actual garden, tea plants grow well in containers also, perfect for your small outdoor space. Since there has been quite a push in the last few years for better health, many people are drinking more herbal teas to start their journey to a healthier lifestyle.

If you are looking for a few easy-to-grow plants for your tea garden, here are some good ones courtesy of ALCC.com:

Orange Mint

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Flavorful on its own or with other citrus flavors and chocolate.

Lemon Balm

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Lemon Balm can be enjoyed separately or mix it with orange mint.

Pineapple sage

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This tea plant provides unique flavor to enjoy hot or cold.

Chamomile

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Chamomile is great for its flavor and soothing effects on the stomach.

Need help planting your Colorado garden? Contact Lifescape Associates in Denver.

Want Green in your Landscape all year round?

If you are looking for an Evergreen shrub that will provide your Colorado garden or landscape with beautiful greenery in all seasons, the Panchito Manzanita is a great plat to consider. This shrub is a low growing plant that can handle little watering and full sun. Many landscapes these days are being converted into Xeriscape in order to help conserve water and save homeowners on their water bill. The Panchito Manzanita does a great job of providing that green color in place of other plants that can not handle minimal watering.

Here are a few facts about the Panchito Manzanita:

  • A low maintenance shrub with limited pruning required
  • Bark and stems have are reddish color
  • In the first growing season may need a little more water, but after it is established less water is required
  • It’s scientific name is Arctostaphylos x coloradoensis
  • Grows best in full sun to light shade

Are you looking to have your landscape converted into a Xeriscape? Call Lifescape Associates in Denver. We’ll be happy to design and create your beautiful landscape that will help you save on water.

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What is sustainable landscaping?

You may have heard the term “sustainable landscaping” tossed around, but many people still don’t fully understand what it actually is. To be honest, there are quite a few varying definitions but the staples of sustainable landscaping are: an attractive environment that is in balance with the local climate and requires minimal resource inputs, such as fertilizer, pesticides and water. – colostate.edu Sustainable landscaping starts with an appropriate design that is cost efficient, functional, environmentally friendly, visually pleasing and has maintainable areas.

Goals can be different for each sustainable landscape. It can have a short-term goal such as saving water or implementing and using a compost bin. Or it can have a more long term goal like creating a more self-sustaining garden. Talk with your landscaping contractor to find out what your needs are and what sustainable landscape design is best for your yard.

Lifescape Associates can design your landscape for your needs and budget. Just give us a call at 303-831-8310.

Have you checked on your Hardscapes lately?

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Hardscapes are the areas of your landscape that use hard materials such as pavers, natural stone, cement, bricks or manufactured blocks that create retaining walls, patios and walkways. Since your hardscapes are exposed to the elements on a daily basis, after some years, depending on the hardscape material, you may begin to see the color losing its luster, cracks and other damage that affects the look of your landscape. In order to keep your landscape looking its best, it is important to use hardscape materials that best meet your needs and the conditions of your landscape.

When choosing your hardscape materials, like natural stone for example, more than likely materials found locally are best. As a matter of fact, many natural stones are quarried in Colorado and there are also many blocks manufactured right here in the state as well. Consult with your landscape architect about what materials are best for your landscape and your aesthetic desires.

Lifescape’s team is ready to plan, design and build landscaping projects of exquisite detail, and high quality materials, at any scale. Just give us a call at 303-831-8310.