Monday, 20 June 2016 00:00

Kitchen Gardens

With such emphasis placed on designing the perfect gourmet kitchen, it is no surprise that we have seen an increase in requests for unique kitchen gardens.  The center of the home, a lot of time is spent preparing, cooking, and cleaning in the kitchen so it is important to create a kitchen garden that is both interesting and calming.

This home in Mediterra features a small, but stunning, kitchen garden.  A tiered fountain, finished in stacked stone with patina copper scuppers, adds a rustic element to this Mediterranean home.  Lady Palms, Burle Marx Philodendron, Flax Lily, and Podocarpus add softness to the space while providing a variety of textures and shades of green. 



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Materials, both hardscape and softscape, say a lot about your home and lifestyle.  With so many options now available, it is easy to achieve anything from traditional and old world to coastal and contemporary for your pool deck, drive, and all hardscape aspects of your home.  

Choosing materials like porphyry and cobbles, set in a running bond or fishscale pattern, create a very Old World character.  Bricks and concrete pavers set in a diagonal grid tend to be a bit more traditional as well as suited to Mediterranean style architecture.  Recently the trend has shifted to more transitional and coastal design.  Linear patterns and the use of concrete and turf or concrete and gravel are transitional or even contemporary ideas. Shell and tabby concrete are becoming widely used in the Naples area for everything from pool decks to driveways.  Paired with palms and a transitional home, tabby concrete creates a very unique "Florida" feel.  

When designing hardscape on the community level, everything imaginable can be achieved using a combination of colors and paver sizes.  The entry at Winding Cypress uses a combination of light and dark pavers to create a unique "winding" hardscape design. 

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Winding Cypress, a DiVosta Homes community located on Collier Blvd just North of US-41, is on to the next stage of construction!  The amenity center and pool are well under way with some of the beautiful Sylvester Palms already in the ground.  The free-form, resort-style pool features a stunning rock, waterfall feature that mimics the main entry.  The beach entry will allow for easy access into the pool, while providing a fun place for children to play.  Other unique features of the amenity center include an outdoor fitness studio, a large spa surrounded by tropical landscaping, and a custom sand beach with cabanas.  The Clubhouse, Pool Cabana, and Outdoor Bar are all substantially complete and Tennis, Pickleball, and Bocce courts are breaking ground soon. 

Outside Productions also played a role in the community gardens, which are expected to open this fall.  With garden club membership, homeowners will be able to learn how to grow vegetables and spices as well as tropical fruits!  We can't wait to see the garden construction underway. 

Stay tuned for additional photos and updates!




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Landscape installation was recently completed for a home in Bay Colony.  Desiring a tropical oasis and beautiful backdrop for their outdoor living and dining rooms, the clients sought a plant palate of highly tropical plant material.  A specimen Sylvester Palm beautifully backdrops the custom quatrefoil fountain, while a combination of Alocasia, Hawaiian Ti, and Heliconia bring varied color to the garden.  A mulch path lined with a miniature podocarpus hedge leads the way to through the garden.  Stepping stones trimmed with Asian Jasmine connect the outdoor living and dining rooms and a custom trellis provides shade as well as a bright contrast to the green of the garden.  While the material is still filling in and establishing, we were so excited to see the beautiful final product! 


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