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Hardscaping Haven: Build a Garden You Can Live In

Why design a garden to look at when you can build an outdoor space to live in? Thoughtfully designed Colorado hardscapes allow homeowners to relax outdoors year-round. By analyzing your landscape, evaluating the most common wind directions and watching where water drains on your property, we can identify which areas of your outdoor space will be optimal for year-round enjoyment. Afterwards, we can design the necessary hardscape features to facilitate the process.

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Design a patio for a nice transition. Your patio is a great place to start. If you’re starting from scratch, we can help you determine the best size and shape for your patio, based on the proportions of your usable geography. If you already have the foundation in place, we can start looking at what features would make the patio more user-friendly every season. Perhaps a retractable sunshade for the summer months or a covered area for the winter is the best option.

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A raised deck space. A simple, but incredibly useful hardscape feature is a raised deck located off a bedroom or family room. Just a handful of square feet can yield a closure-optional space for you to sit down in and enjoy a change of scenery. Add a simple container garden or water feature to transform your deck into a private sanctuary.

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Fire pits and seating areas. Extra seating areas are always appreciated. They let you enjoy different areas of the garden for different purposes and activities. A section of pavers can be combined with a fire pit or chiminea and extra chairs to create a magical post-sunset hangout spot. Your patio is another place where an outdoor fireplace is desirable.

Traditional Landscape by Denver Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Lifescape Colorado.

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Walking paths. Don’t feel like braving the hottest or coldest days on the streets? Hit the pathways of your own garden or backyard and you can still get a dose of Mother Nature, as well as a bit of exercise. You’ll benefit from the elemental protection of your landscape design.

Give Lifescape Colorado a call so our design team can get started on designing the hardscape of your dreams. With the right features and aesthetic appeal, you’ll want to spend every waking minute of the day outdoors this season!

Recap of the 5280 Home Party at Lifescape Colorado

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Summer is the season for entertaining, so Lifescape Colorado decided it was time to throw a party! What better way is there to kick off three of the best months Colorado has to offer? We paired up with 5280 The Denver Magazine and their editors, as well as some of Colorado’s finest architects, landscape architects, designers and sculptors for this special event. It was a gorgeous evening, replete with delicious food, perfect weather, a beautiful ambiance and superb company.

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5280 Home is a local magazine that serves as a complete guide to everything great about Denver and Colorado in general. Their gorgeous magazine spreads are comprised of stunning photos and well-written articles on subjects ranging from Rocky Mountain highlights and things to do in the area to recipes, home health remedies, as well as DIY design and build tips.

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As an incentive to advertisers, 5280 Home hosts a party once a quarter for companies and advertisers who contribute a full page, back cover ad spread. Lifescape Colorado was happy to take advantage of their offer, and you can view our full-page ad in their June issue. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved and serves as one more example of how networking is beneficial to the collective.

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Our 5280 Home party was a great way for Colorado landscape architects and others involved in the design and build industry, as well as 5280 Home, to get together and celebrate our mutual interests with a bit of fun. Our party took place on June 12 and it wouldn’t have been such a grand success without the participation of some key players:

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We want to thank Olive & Finch, P17, Street Kitchen and Babette’s for providing scrumptious morsels throughout the evening. None of us could stay away! The Ace Eat and Serve Bar Bus and Penny prepared chilled refreshments to complement the food. Finally, The Perfect Petal graciously adorned our space with elaborate floral arrangements, yielding the perfect ambiance for this summer affair.

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Everyone had an excellent time at the party! Check out 5280 Home’s Facebook page to see pictures and learn more about the magazine. Are you ready to get your own backyard in summer party shape? Give Lifescape Colorado a call at 303.831.8310.

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Beautiful Backyard Garden Structures

Landscape designers often speak about the importance of adding three-dimensional interest, as well as color and texture, to outdoor spaces. This can be done by integrating a well-manicured lawn or rock garden to the bottom of your landscape, planting trees in a range of sizes at the low- to mid-line of your garden, or adding garden structures to draw the eye upwards.

In addition to enhancing the visual appeal of your Colorado landscape, beautiful backyard garden structures will also improve the function of your outdoor spaces. Here are five examples of potential garden structures you might consider adding to your landscape.

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Arbors. Arbors can be as simple as a graceful arch or square laden with climbers that welcome guests through your front gate, or they can be more significant in stature, accommodating a bench, chairs or a dining area below. Arbors are fabulous focal points that can separate one area from another.

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Pergolas. Similar to an arbor, pergolas have four supporting legs and are a bit larger. Posts and cross beams cross the top of the structure to form an open roof. Often, they’re accompanied by climbing plants or can be augmented with fabric or natural materials if more shade is needed. Pergolas are often used to highlight existing features, like a pool or fountain, or to create a boundary for a seating or dining area.

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Gazebos. Gazebos take the outdoor garden structure to a whole new level, providing a more sheltered space for dining, entertaining, or quiet reflection. They’re usually round or hexagonal and can be completely exposed or completely enclosed, depending on the climate or your visual preferences.

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Pavilion. Not to be confused with gazebos, pavilions are usually completely square or rectangular in construction and have a sold roof similar to a house. Pavilions provide a larger sheltered outdoor space for entertaining.

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Lath house. A lath house, or lattice house, is built using an open grid, suggestive of a windowed greenhouse, but completely open to the elements. It adds visual interest while preserving an unobstructed view of your surrounding landscape.

Lifescape Colorado offers the landscape design and construction services required to add one or more of these beautiful structures to your Colorado landscape architecture. Contact us today to get started on your new landscape design project.

Front Porch Landscaping Ideas

The front porch has a special place in American history. It’s the ideal place to drink a cup of coffee in the morning or converse with family while dinner is cooking. Porches also encourage neighbors and passersby to stop for a moment and say hello. These front porch-landscaping ideas will get your porch in shape for spring and summer.

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Extend your porch. Don’t have much of a front porch to speak of? You can extend it. Whether you extend it forward a bit or wrap it around the side, a larger porch creates space for comfortable furniture, as well as planters and container gardens. Things to consider:

  • Include lattice or some kind of skirting around the bottom to keep critters out
  • If you wrap it around, add another set of stairs so you have more than one way to enter/exit
  • Instead of a formal walkway, use stepping stones or space large pavers for access to auxiliary steps
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Consider the design. Porch design isn’t all that different from interior design. Consider how the porch is used and amend your decor and furnishings accordingly. Because this is a prelude to your home’s interior, the porch decor should complement your foyer and/or front living spaces.

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Create a seamless transition. Create a seamless transition from your driveway and walkway to your porch by planting flowering shrubs and plants that grow as high, or slightly higher, than your porch floor. However, plants shouldn’t be high enough to impede the view. Consider blooming times and a balance of evergreens, so your porch has year-round interest. Lavender, jasmine and sweet peas are beautiful and will also emit a sweet fragrance when they bloom.

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Use containers. Container gardening is ideal for porches. Using pots and containers in varying heights and sizes, you can create a layered and interesting front porch landscape. Hanging baskets are also a visual bonus. Make sure to plant ferns, impatiens and other shade-loving plants.

Contact Lifescape Colorado for professional front yard landscape design ideas for your porch. We also offer year-round landscape maintenance to keep your yard looking its best.

Panchito Manzanita

Panchito Manzanita (Arctostaphylos coloradoensis) is a Colorado gardener’s dream plant. It’s evergreen, low-growing, and thrives in our dry climate. And an added bonus is that it’s a Colorado native plant, originating in the Uncompahgre Plateau near Grand Junction. Panchito Manzanita is a natural hybrid of two other native plant species, Kinnikinnick (Arctostaphylos uva ursi) and Greenleaf Manzanita (Arctostaphylos patula).

If you’re looking for an evergreen shrub that’s ultra low-maintenance, and is not a juniper, Panchito Manzanita is for you.

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You’re in luck!

Until relatively recently, Manzanitas were difficult to propagate. Landscape designers and enthusiastic gardeners were relegated to Manzanita envy while hiking or visiting the Denver Botanic Gardens. Fortunately, dedicated nursery enthusiasts were able to create the ideal environment for wide-scale Arctostaphylos propagation, and they’re now available via most local nurseries and plant growers.

Growth rates

It will take your Panchito Manzanita about three to seven years to grow to its full height (12- to 24-inches) and width (18- to 48-inches).

Watering requirements

One of the greatest threats to this species of Manzanita is root rot from overwatering. It will require slightly more watering than normal to be established. After that, it requires very little watering and is xeriscape-friendly.

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Soil and sun

These plants require well-drained soil. If you’re natural backyard consists of the crumbly, granite-based soil our area is known for, you may not need any soil amending at all. However, if you have natural clay or a poor draining yard, you’ll need to make some changes before you plant your Panchito Manzanita. This plant loves full sun, but it can also handle partial shade.

Aesthetics

Everything about these Colorado native plants is attractive. The broad leaves are a deep green and can turn a deep red or purplish in the fall. The stems are also a vibrant reddish-purple. In mid-spring, expect to see an abundant burst of small white and pale pink flowers.

Contact Lifescape Colorado to learn more about incorporating Panchito Manzanitas in your landscape design. We offer full-service landscape design and maintenance services.