Create a Sustainable Backyard Getaway

Posted on July 28th, 2014 by +

Virtually all private home landscaping was sustainable up until the post-war era when everything became “revolutionized.” This included the pesticide and herbicide boom, expansive green lawns, genetically modified plants with no ability to re-seed themselves and so on. Fortunately, we’ve all learned a little lesson about moderation, and now the pendulum is swinging back to a more sustainable pace.

You can enjoy this swing by taking steps to create a sustainable backyard getaway. The byproducts of your efforts will be cleaner soil and groundwater, a healthier ecosystem for your family, improved air quality and a safe place for birds, bees and …
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Beautiful Garden Path Ideas

Posted on July 19th, 2014 by +

Garden paths are more than just functional landscape design elements — they can alter the flow, aesthetic appeal and energy of your Colorado garden design. Indeed, a winding “natural” path has a much different visual impact than a straight line of pavers or a square-cornered path found in manicured English gardens.

The following design ideas are great for creating beautiful garden paths that suit your landscape.

Mysterious path. Paths help lead the eye from one visible area to another. However, you can add an air of mystery and enchantment by creating a path that leads from a central garden area to a more private location. …
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Shady Garden Plans

Posted on June 28th, 2014 by +

We all love a little sunshine, but during mid-summer days, a shady garden plan is essential for making the most of your outdoor living space, as well as for enjoying plants that are less tolerant of direct sunlight. The following tips can help you create a Colorado landscape design that balances sun and shade.

Start with the shade you have. Lot orientation, existing trees and architectural features already provide a certain level of shade. Depending on how involved you want to get, you can create a garden plan that’s season specific, or you can create a more well-rounded plan that …
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Bountiful Bee and Hummingbird Gardens

Posted on June 25th, 2014 by +

A sustainable landscape design taps into the relationship we share with our living, breathing world. This means making conscientious choices about the types of trees, plants and flowers we decide to incorporate into our landscapes.

If sustainable Colorado gardening is important to you, try keeping wildlife, such as bees and hummingbirds, in mind when selecting your plants. You’ll be repaid with beautiful blooms and ample visual entertainment to while away lazy summer afternoons.

Here are a couple tips for growing your own bountiful bee and hummingbird garden.

Think “native” and they will come. One of the most delightful gifts of planting …
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Celebrate Spring with Colorful Container Gardens

Posted on June 19th, 2014 by +

Container gardens offer versatility and beautiful spring flair to Colorado gardens. Weather can be unpredictable, but containers allow you to bring plants indoors when temperatures drop or if a bad storm is looming. Check out these ideas for fun, practical and beautiful container gardens.

Mix evergreens and flowers. The rich green color of evergreens offers a striking backdrop for colorful flowers, and you can quickly switch out old flowering plants when the blossoms fade. Use something small, like a dwarf hemlock along with lavender violas or some other small evergreens and flowers for a similar effect.

Create textural interest. Introduce several textures within the …
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