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Eclectic Outdoor Garden Styles

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There’s no cardinal rule of landscaping that says you can’t mix design styles. In fact, two of the most well-known early-20th century garden designers, architect Edwin Lutyens and plantswoman Gertrude Jekyll, were known for doing just that. Lutyens designed hardscapes and used Jekyll’s intuitive ability to choose plants that would create a unique and special garden space.

You can incorporate some of their techniques to create an eclectic Colorado garden design in your backyard landscape.

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Understand the role of architectural hardscapes

The hardscape designs form both the skeleton of your finished landscape, as well as unique features. Think carefully about how you can use the classic geometry of hardscaping to create walkways, plant beds, terraces and water features. Then, think a little outside the box to give them a different or creative flair.

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Masculine and feminine

Formal landscape designs lean more towards the masculine. It’s all about straight edges, symmetrical, geometric shapes and solid boundaries. You can appreciate the beauty of a formal hardscape design and then soften the edges by using rounded, draping and flowering plants.

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Be creative

Remember, we mentioned combining classic hardscape geometry with a creative twist? There are many ways to go about this. One example is the use of a traditional concrete walkway that becomes a part of a water feature’s path. Incorporate art pieces during the warm, dry season and use sculptures as a means of adding the unexpected to your landscape. Traditionally, a line of garden containers is planted with uniformly formal plants. You can shift the tradition by planting them with a variation of softer, asymmetrical plants.

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Make a graceful entrance

The entrance to the home is often an area where architects lean toward a more formal design, since this makes a more dramatic impression. You can enjoy a very classic and formal entryway, while still experiencing the graceful and feminine energy provided by groundcover that intentionally spills over onto walkways.

Contact Lifescape Colorado to begin creating your own eclectic Colorado backyard design. Or, turn to our landscape maintenance team to keep your garden looking its best all year long.

A Colorado Gardener’s February Checklist

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February is a tricky month for gardeners in the Rocky Mountain state. Sunnier days inspire hope that spring is on the way, but we know there will still be freezing temperatures before winter has truly run its course. The following Colorado gardening tips can help you give your garden the TLC it needs to begin the transition from winter to spring, without losing any beloved plants from overeager early planting.

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Prune trees and shrubs

One of the blessings of cold weather is that deciduous trees lose their leaves. You can finally see the true “skeleton” of the plant, which provides much easier access for pruning. Use this dormant season to remove any branches that are noticeably diseased or damaged. Trim branches that are beginning to cross their neighbors. If you have flowering or fruiting trees, thin the branches in the middle, so the tree has ample access to sunlight. Always use appropriate pruning tools.

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Stop pests before they start

You can use an eco-friendly dormant oil to prevent the eggs and larvae of common plant pests from maturing. Common pests in our area include leaf rollers, aphids and scale. Dormant oil is an effective means of controlling these pests without harming children or pets. Read the manufacturer’s instructions since it isn’t appropriate for all trees and shrubs.

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Plan your garden

If you haven’t had time to plan next year’s garden amidst the holiday hubbub, now’s the time. Before you’re tempted by all the seed catalogs making their way into your mailbox, comb through your stored seeds to see what you have on hand. Then you can make a list of the flowers and vegetables you need, so you don’t overbuy.

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Build a Mason Bee habitat

If you’re interested in boosting local pollination, but not so much in labor-intensive bee keeping, build a Mason Bee habitat. Mason bees are non-stinging, non-honey producing pollinators that live a solitary life.

If you don’t feel like braving your cold garden just yet, contact Lifescape Colorado. We offer year-round landscape maintenance services to ensure your gardens looks great during all four seasons.

5 Edible Plants of Colorado

The simple act of driving to a grocery store and choosing luscious red tomatoes (native to Central and South America) or sweet, tangy oranges (originally from southeast Asia) is a luxury we take for granted. Even so, we’re fortunate to live in a climate that supports a host of edible plants.

The following are examples of five edible plants in Colorado. Keep an eye out and consider using one or two on your dinner table this year.

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Bergamot (Oregano de la Sierra). This herb is often used in teas, but can also be added to seasoned meats and other dishes. Bergamot provides the aromatic flavor in Earl Grey teas. It was also used as a substitute for tea during the Boston Tea Party.

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Wild Onion (Allium cernuum). Wild onions grow in subalpine terrain and are found on moist hillsides and meadows. They can be pulled up by the root and chopped into your foods, or roasted with meat and root vegetables for an earthy, spicy flavor.

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Cattails (Typha latifolia or Typha angustifolia) These plants grow by creeks, rivers, ponds and lakes. Cattails are edible from top to root. The leaves can be boiled like spinach, the bases can be chopped into soups and the roots can be boiled and eaten like a root vegetable.

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Prickly Pear (Opuntia phaeacantha). Once the spines of the prickly pear are removed, you have a very edible plant. The flowers can be eaten raw in salads or used as garnish. The meat of the cactus can be eaten raw, but is often made into jams and jellies.

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Wild Strawberries (Fragaria virginiana). You’ll have to wait for spring and summer, and then head to moist ground to find these sweet, delicious wild strawberries.

These and more edible plants in Colorado can be incorporated into your landscape. Contact the design team at Lifescape Coloardo to grow edible plants in your backyard garden.

 

Mojave Sage

Year-round color, aroma and height. These are just a few of the benefits your garden will gain from growing the Mojave Sage. This sub-shrub perennial thrives in full sun, well-drained soil, high altitudes and extremely dry conditions. Guaranteed to be a standout in xeriscape designs, the Mojave Sage is not only drought-tolerant and low-maintenance — it is also semi-evergreen, which empowers even winter landscapes with beautiful interest.

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Mojave Sage blooms all summer long and into late fall with gorgeous textures and hues. Plant Select describes the show-stealing xeriscape perennial as having “beautiful, intensely aromatic silvery-green foliage, topped with densely whorled bracts of lovely smoky mauve-purple that surround delicate violet-blue flowers.”

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What’s particularly striking about the Mojave Sage flowers is the slight color variegation of the outer petals and inner petals, which dawn slightly different shades of purple, blue, lavender, mauve and rose. Because its big, bright blossoms are beloved by birds, bees and hummingbirds, the Mojave Sage also carries common names like Blue Sage, Mountain Desert Sage, Rose Sage and giant-flower sage.

The soothing fragrance of the Mojave Sage is an archetype of the plants overall laid-back way of life. This xeriscape plant requires little watering and pruning. On top of this, the sage is rarely phased by heat or cold. Therefore, xeriscape gardeners join birds, bees and butterflies in a special fondness for this hardy plant.

Benefits go beyond garden design too. Wonderful natural remedies can also be enjoyed by growing Sage, also called Salvia, which is Latin for “to save, redeem or heal.”

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After a couple of growing seasons, the Mojave Sage can reach up to 36 inches in height and width, making it a perfect plant for creating a pretty backdrop. Lavendula, Penstemon, Coreopsis and creeping Veronica are some recommendations to plant in conjunction with Mojave Sage to create a full and vibrant garden design.

Let the passionate experts at Lifescape Colorado help you achieve a xeriscape that will improve not only curb appeal and property value, but also your quality of life. For a natural therapeutic beauty that can be enjoyed all year long, contact us online or call 303-831-8310.

How to Landscape for Privacy

While cities offer accessibility, excitement and culture, it can also mean traffic, noise and lack of privacy. This can make us long for a more rural lifestyle. Fortunately, landscaping can create a rural oasis in the midst of the action, and it will also add desirable privacy too.

The following suggestions will provide privacy from the outside world. Or, you can integrate a private nook within your Denver landscape design.

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Structural Privacy

One of the fastest ways to gain instant privacy is to use hardscaping. Fences, lattice work and screens can work to provide a no-view or partial-view of the outside world.

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Fences. A traditional fence is always a good option for creating a backyard oasis that is kept entirely separate from the outside world. It works in larger spaces, but a smaller backyard may end up feeling boxed in if you aren’t careful.

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Panels or Lattice work. These vertical panels of lattice are more solid than traditional lattice work. By painting them, you can enhance the design appeal for backyard guests. They also provide privacy, while still allowing an outside view. You can use solid paneling for a more stylish barrier.

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Screens. Even freestanding screens can be used for privacy. To winter winds, you will want to reinforce them with metal or wooden posts. Climbing plants can be added for color and greenery.

Fall is the season to design and build your hardscaping, so it’s ready to go when warmer weather returns.

Living Privacy

Besides the use of climbing plants to create privacy on trellises, you can use containers and fast-growing plants for a softer barrier between you and your neighbors.

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Containers. Large-scale containers are an artful way to create a partial physical barrier. Grasses, flowering plants and trees can be added to soften the effect.

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Fast-growing plants. Bamboo and horsetail are both fast-growing and tenacious plants. However, when you contain their roots, they make an excellent living fence.

The best of both worlds. This Better Homes and Gardens article has beautiful examples of how hardscaping and landscaping can be combined to enhance privacy and visual interest.

The design experts at Lifescape are eager to assist you and your Denver landscape design.