Creating landscapes for customers that live in planned communities involves helping each homeowner create an outdoor living space that meets their needs and incorporates their goals.
Cresswind on Lanier Residential Community is an active adult community with nearly a thousand homes and building sites. Ten years old and growing, the Cresswind neighborhoods include not only homes and landscapes that are well-established, but also homes that are new or under construction. And so, our design and installation projects may vary in scale-from landscape renovations to brand-new landscapes. No matter the scope of the project, we work with the home owners to create gardens that please them, reflect their personalities and adhere to the community’s landscape guidelines.
Our client has owned and loved her home in beautiful, North Atlanta for 40 years. She recently renovated the interior of her home in an ultra-modern style and then asked us to follow suit with the garden that she had dreamed of for so long.
Her vision for the garden was of a place to remind her of the rocky coast of Monterey, California. Since North Atlanta and Southern Coastal California are not remotely similar, we compromised, somewhat.
We were excited about the challenges of her request and the opportunity to use a wider and non-traditional plant palette- and to consider some fun and unusual outdoor features. Not to mention her preferred color palette of fuchsia, lime green, and orange. With a few purple and blues thrown in. Then add some grayish foliage.
Although we started with a design for the back garden, as conversation and installation proceeded, we began to expand the scope and make changes as the project developed. Eventually, the entire property was redone. It was a fun and rewarding collaboration with the customer providing ideas and excitement, every step of the way.
The house has a long driveway. We installed rock gardens flank that the long driveway and are full of groundcovers and specimen plants for interesting structure.
Creating the rock gardens on the front hillside and driveway transitioned into replacing her masonry retaining wall with a boulder wall where plants tumble out of the spaces between the stones.
A new stepping-stone path was installed once extensive drainage work had been completed in the area.
The dramatic slope of the backyard garden provided the perfect setting for a recirculating waterfall as well as repeating the theme of rock gardens, conifers and specimen miniature trees, while preserving an existing boulder wall.
Landscape lighting provides subtle wayfinding for evening visitors as well as accenting the waterfall.
Our client knows and loves her plants and after just two years, her TLC is evident. By providing proper drainage, irrigation, soil building, and carefully selected and expertly planted trees, shrubs, flowering perennials and groundcover we gave her garden the structure and diversity required to make the garden exactly what our customer wanted. She loves it!
Thinking about trying a living Christmas tree this year? Choose a regular sized tree and plant it in your landscape or go the popular tabletop route and use it as the anchor in a planted pot! Here are some tips.
Before you buy your tree, decide where you will plant it. Most conifers prefer full sun; check your tree’s requirement.
Dig a hole ahead of time, store the soil, and keep the location moist and insulated by filling the hole with leaves.
Trees are sold container-grown or balled-and-burlapped. If it is B&B, you’ll need a big container for indoor use.
To keep your tree alive while it is inside the house, place the tree away from direct heat sources and water your tree daily with ice cubes placed onto the top of the root ball. About 30 cubes for a regular sized tree.
If your string lights generate lots of heat use them for short periods of time.