Friday, 26 January 2018 00:00

Reasons to Hire a Landscape Architect

  1. Hiring a landscape architect or designer helps you save time and money in many ways. They will help you avoid costly landscaping mistakes by selecting proper plants and other materials for your home.
  2. A landscape architect will be able to detect any problems such as drainage much quicker than you’ll be able to detect them.
  3. Landscape architects have a plan and will be able to see all the possibilities for your landscape. They also will be able to pick out the perfect materials, styles, and textures for your landscape project.
  4. Landscape architects are able to place trees in proper places to lower your energy bill. With proper placement of trees and shrubs it can lower energy bills by reducing heating and cooling costs.
  5. Landscape architects can design beautiful gardens for your home. They are able to use native plants to your garden that are low-maintenance. Native plants often reduce water costs and butterflies and bumblebees flourish around these plants. 
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Friday, 19 January 2018 00:00

Best Flowers for South Florida Gardens

Pentas: They’re low maintenance and one of the easiest flowers to grow in Florida. Pentas bloom nonstop and are irresistible to butterflies and hummingbirds. They produce clusters of red, pink, lavender or white flowers. To grow pentas it’s ideal they be in full sun or part shade and well-drained soil.

Evolovulus: Evoloulus is also known as Blue Daze and it’s a groundcover that offers true-blue flowers. It blooms nonstop, which makes it great for edging garden beds and borders. It is great because it is drought tolerant and once it’s planted it rarely needs water except for natural rainfall. Evolvulus grow about 6 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide. It’s best to grow these in full sun or part shade and in well-drained soil.

Coreopsis: It’s Florida’s official state wildflower and one of the brightest you can have in your garden. Most of them show off golden-yellow flowers but sometimes you can find them in shades of yellow, gold, orange, red, and pink. This flower is drought tolerant and highly attracts butterflies. You can enjoy coreopsis most of the year because some bloom in spring while others bloom spring to fall. They do amazing in garden beds and borders as well as containers. These flowers should be kept in full sun or part shade and well-drained soil.

Lavender: This flower is drought-tolerant and attracts bees and butterflies with its spikes of violet-purple, pink or white flower. It does well in sandy soil and resents ground that stays wet for a while. It’s better to keep lavender away from sprinklers that will regularly wet them. This flower is perfect to plant along walkways where you can smell their fragrance. Lavender thrives in garden beds, borders and container gardens.

Purslane: this plant is also known as Portulaca. It’s a heat-loving plant that does well in hot and dry spots which is perfect for Florida.  This plant is traditionally pink, orange, yellow and white. It’s the perfect plant if you want a lot of color in your garden but doesn’t need much care. Purslane grows in full sun and well-drained soil and doesn’t need to water much because it can rot. This plant grows about 12 inches across and 6 inches tall.

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 00:00

Landscape Architecture Fun Facts

1. The term “landscape architecture” came from a book about Italian Painters

The term was not used until 1828 when it came from a book called Landscape Architecture of the Great Painters of Italy, which was published by Gilbert Laing Meason. The term was originally a painting term and the word landscape is actually Dutch, it came from the word “landschap”. Landscape paintings highlighted the beauty of nature. 

2. Australia is the landscape architecture capital of the world 

There are about 30,000 employed architects in Australia and they are highly appreciated. They’ve transformed their beautiful cities with all their amazing works. Australia has so many landscape architects that they have the most national parks with a total of about 650 parks. 

3. United States and the UK are the best places to study landscape architecture

With so many LAs surprisingly Australia is not the best place to study landscape architecture. The U.S. and UK are well known for their wide variety of landscape architecture programs and training. 

4. The most viewed landscape image is a desktop one

Nope, the most viewed landscape image is not the Grand Canyon or the pyramids in Egypt. It’s an image that was taken in a field in Northern California by Charles O’Rear. The photograph is known for being the desktop background for Windows computers. This image has gained over 1 billion views. 

5. Landscape Architects can create many things

Landscape architects can design kid pool areas, playgrounds, beautiful rain gardens, natural swimming pools and much more. They can incorporate permeable paving and offer expertise from start to finish.

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