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A Romantic Magnolia Inspired Garden for “Design New England”

Design New England Cover
A few months back I was asked by the lovely editors at "Design New England" Magazine to be involved in creating their 'selections' section that would be focusing on the landscape. The brief was interesting....Using a "romantic" plant or flower as inspiration suggest various landscape elements that you would incorporate into an outdoor room.... Not having done this before, and knowing also that they had also asked a couple other designers to do the same, I panicked. Thinking that there are only so many "romantic" flowers, what if the other designers choose the same ones, then what would happen? Out of shear fear that they would change their mind and pick another designers version of the same romantic plant, I decided that must go over ...
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Inspiration Board: Emily’s Modern Roof Garden

Mood board for modern small garden
I must share with you this excellent inspiration board that our own Emily did. She imagined it as a modern roof garden but it could be applied to a courtyard or lounge. With this posting I want to invite you, our readers, to send us your inspiration boards for gardens. Send us something and we will post it here with our own boards. Make sure you tell us a little about yourself and the place you are designing for. (Send them here [email protected]     See other Greayer Design Associates Mood Boards: Dangerous Romance - A venus fly trap inspired garden.    
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What You Need to Consider When Planting Bamboo – Root Barriers

how to install a bamboo root barrier
Bamboos are a huge design trend and they are an elegant addition to a garden. But installation can quickly become expensive as many bamboos will require the installation of root barriers. About Bamboo There are two types of Bamboo - running bamboos and clumping bamboo. When you are considering a plant, you will need to know if the variety is running or clumping. Running means that the root systems spread by running shoots that spread aggressively and quickly. Clumping bamboos will also spread but they will only do so in an ever-widening clumping fashion - they tend not to get out of control as fast as a running bamboo - but even if it is a clumping variety, you might still want to consider a ...
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Tivoli Outdoor Lighting

hanging fan light in tivoli garden in denmark
I found them!....the pictures of the unique landscape lights at Tivoli gardens in Copenhagen. The posting the other day about the 'lotus lights' reminded me of these. Real thought was put into each one to make sure that not only are they sculptural and purposeful as garden planters during the day, but at night the effect that they create is somewhat unexpected. Please forgive the terrible night photography, but you get the idea. At night, the structure faded into the darkness and all you saw where the little round globes -- each only a few inches in diameter. This venue, in the heart of the city of Copenhagen, is a 'not to be missed' attraction. It is filled with restaurants and night life and a ...
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FlowerBox Garden Buildings

flower box building
Mac Carbonell created The Flowerbox Building on the lower east side of NYC in 2007. It is a remarkable inspiration particularly for any building that could use a little push when it comes to creating landmark status. Study this building and imagine it without the plants – nice windows, but fairly unremarkable architecture (as urban buildings go) but with the planters and plants it is simply show stopping. Hospitality properties, particularly urban ones and particularly those that occupy existing architecture can struggle to differentiate their building among all others and something like this can truly be do-able. I thought I would post today not only these inspirational pictures but a few products that could be used to create the look. Smith and Hawken offered these ...
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Inspired By: A Beautiful Bamboo Plant Container

aluminum bamboo planter from inner gardens
It is so rare that garden containers make me take the little gasp of air that implies my immediate recognition of something special. Inner Gardens has a beautiful collection of antiques and a visit to their website is always inspiring but when I saw this planter I immediately imagined the glamorous space that would surround it. Take a look at the inspiration boards that we came up with. Boudoir Pink Garden -- I imagine a Girlie Spa - beach side...with my friends....sipping bellinis Or another idea...a sleek sophisticated black and silver garden restaurant....beach side....with my friends.... sipping bellinis .....I think I need a vacation....
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London’s Mandarin Oriental Extends Hyde Park into Hotel

mandarin oriental hyde park terrace
The Mandarin Oriental in London recently opened the ‘Park Terrace’ offering open air dining in a chic English garden setting. By all accounts it is well received in an ongoing trend to reinforce a sense of place and help guests connect with it. The hotel says it has worked closely with the Royal Parks’ landscape gardeners to ensure the design of the restaurant is in keeping with its Hyde Park surroundings. The area adjacent to the property is currently undergoing major development to add 80 luxury residences, complete with leisure facilities, a swimming pool and underground parking. The project is being developed by Candy & Candy, and will be serviced and branded by Mandarin Oriental. Does anyone know who is doing this landscape work?
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Landscape Design Ideas & Plants for Color Trends 2008 – Brown Exudes Luxury

Trend #6 -Brown exudes luxury Brown as a feature in the landscape? Doesn’t that have a negative connotation (dead leaves, brown field, bare dirt)?  No! I love that this is a trend, because it allows me to celebrate one of my all time favorite plants. ….Carex ‘Comans Bronze’… Yes I have planted it for clients and they have inquired about it’s health but in the end it’s endless sophistication brings style to any space. Resin Containers let you go big without too much extra cost. The Madison Container in Old Bronze is a beautiful shade of brown that sets off almost any plant and you can get it in sizes up to 48”. Start channeling your inner Ian Schrager. Planters for a residential client of ...
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Landscape Design Ideas & Plants for Color Trends 2008 – Green in all Variations

2008 garden design color trends - green in all variations
Trend # 5 - Green in all variations Green, of course green, it is the word of the moment; it exudes an air of health, beauty and serenity. I love this picture of a green garden posted by Rudy Garon at his website Antigua daily photo I grew up in Colorado, but spent summers at my grandparents ranch in central Montana. In my eyes, my grandmother was the last of a kind; a real life frontier woman. She also was a tremendous gardener and when I would get bored during visits she would say things like “do me a favor, go down to the creek”(we pronounce it crick) “and figure out how many different shades of green are there” --a very serious task. This picture ...
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Landscape Design Ideas & Plants for Color Trends 2008

chrysocephalum apiculatum
Zara inspired me to take a look around and see what we could offer in the spirit of the 2008 color trends. Here are some ideas for color trends in 2008. Trend # 1 - Pinks - Especially yellow pinks and raspberry pink.   Plants with the right colors tones.  Astilbe taquetii 'Superba' and Kalmia latifolia ‘Raspberry Glow’ Acamp is offering these chairs in a rainbow of colors, but here in our Yellow-pink. - I am not sure what dahlia this is? Does anyone know? But what a gorgeous shade of yellow- pink! Trend # 2 - Whites with a luminescence or shimmer I thought that this trend might be tricky, but take a look at these. Aglaonema ‘White Lance’ For indoor gardens or interiorscaping look at shimmer on ...
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