Jeffrey had the opportunity to work with garden photographer Jerry Pavia for a spread in the April 2013 edition of Container Gardens Magazine. Check out our work on an upper west side NYC penthouse. If you want to see more photos of this stunning garden, visit our online portfolio!
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Posted in Urban Garden Design, tagged Jeffey Erb Container Gardens Magazine, jeffrey erb garden design, Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design, Jerry Pavia, Jerry Pavia garden photographer, nyc penthouse garden, roof garden nyc, stunning garden nyc, upper west side garden, upper west side penthouse on April 21, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Erb Garden Videos, tagged 2013 gardens, 2013 nyc gardens, backyard garden nyc, color blocked perennials, color blocking, greenwich village garden, Jeffrey Erb, Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design, midtown penthouse garden, multi-tier planters, nyc gardens, nyc landscape designer, rooftop gardens, sneak peek gardens, soho roof garden, tiered planters on February 14, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design was busy creating wonderful gardens in 2012. However, some of them are only going to be in full bloom for the first time this season and we can’t wait to share them with you. Until the plants are in full leaf, we thought we would give you a sneak peek of some of our newest gardens.
This Soho rooftop now features a custom pergola to escape from the hot summer sunshine. Custom tiered planters offer two levels of flowering vegetation. We utilized the method of color blocking to create groupings of perennials within a set range of colors.
A chic backyard in Greenwich Village has been completely gut renovated. New bluestone pavers, a retaining wall and custom decking give the space a whole new feel. Our plantings will be highlighted by a low voltage lighting system.
Midtown Manhattan never looked better than from the roof of this private penthouse. Custom fiberglass planters anchor the edge of a deck which sits above a luxurious rooftop lawn. We installed over 250 square feet of live sod on this rooftop. The four-legged resident of the house is thrilled!
Posted in Erb Garden Videos, tagged clever garden flooring, concrete paver alternative, concrete paver nyc, flooring for garden, garden design tip, garden design video, garden flooring solutions, garden flooring video, garden pavers, garden quick tip, Jeffrey Erb, Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design, Jeffrey Erb quick tip, landscape design tip, landscape design video, landscape quick tip, nyc rooftop paver, patio flooring on August 16, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Jeffrey presents a quick tip for your garden and shows some simple flooring options to easily disguise concrete pavers. Flooring can make an outdoor space feel inviting and complete. Altering flooring materials throughout a garden can also help to break up a large area into smaller more intimate “rooms.” Let us know what you’ve done with your concrete pavers or patio flooring!
Posted in Urban Garden Design, tagged Alan Klein Garden Committee, community center garden, Community Center NYC, courtyard garden, Courtyard Garden NYC, Hartley House, Hartley House NYC, hells kitchen community center, hells kitchen courtyard garden design, hells kitchen garden, hurricane Irene, Hurricane Irene NYC, Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design on July 7, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
After hurricane Irene downed four mature trees at Hartley House last season, the courtyard was in desperate need of new plantings. Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design volunteered to provide a full design for the courtyard in an effort to reclaim the space and fill the void the trees left behind.
Though the courtyard benefits from gracious donations of annual flowers on a yearly basis, we knew that it needed more this year to make an impact in the space. Alan Klein headed a garden committee to coordinate the replanting of the largest planting bed in the courtyard.
After the committee raised enough funds for the installation of an automatic irrigation system, Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design donated additional labor and assisted in obtaining plant materials to make the funds stretch to cover the full installation of the planting bed. The plantings, installed just after July 4th, feature perennial flowers, shrubs and vines which will continue growing year after year. Just a small portion in the front of the planting bed was reserved as a place for annual flowers.
We want to thank family, friends and neighbors who donated to this cause. We couldn’t be more proud to play a role in helping a community center which makes a difference in the lives of so many families in Hell’s Kitchen. We will continue to donate time to care for the plants and hope to raise additional funds to continue greening the courtyard at Hartley House in the future.
Posted in Erb Garden Videos, tagged Central Park, central park garden design, central park landscape design, Central Park West, Frederick Law Olmsted, jeffrey erb central park, Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design, New York City, nyc garden designer, nyc landscape designer, Olmsted Landscape, penthouse garden design, penthouse landscape design nyc on May 28, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Memorial day is a time to remember the lives given by those who served our country in the line of duty. At the onset of summer, as festivities and patriotic spirits are lifted, we gather with family and loved ones we are thankful to have in our lives. There is no doubt in my mind that Central Park is swamped with picnics and gatherings on this gorgeous day.
I want to take a moment to remember Frederick Law Olmsted and his contribution to our city. Central Park (and Prospect Park) is an inconic landmark of New York City which continues to make a significant impact on the lives of Manhattanites and visitors alike. The sea of green which Olmsted approached with the viewpoint of creating a public space equally accessible for all classes was truly visionary at the time.
A stunning penthouse on Central Park West overlooks the classic landscape that Olmsted left behind. Our task was to channel Olmsted’s vision to create a terrace that complements the views and surrounding landscape. The result is a timeless garden full of understated textures and greenery to produce a calm place for the homeowners to entertain and relax. Watch the video to see the transformation!
Posted in Somewhere to Visit, Urban Garden Design, tagged Alan Klein, Garden Design Courtyard, Hartley House, Hartley House Garden Committee, Historic hartley house, hurricane Irene, Hurricane Irene NYC evacuation, Invasive species, Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design, Jeffrey Erb NYC, Landscape Design NYC, New York City, NYC courtyard design, pro bono landscape design, when heaven came crashing down on March 5, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
For all of you wondering how you can join us to get your hands dirty and get your garden on….this is for you! In the end of August 2011 New York City was girding for an evacuation of low-lying areas from fear of flooding due to Hurricane Irene. For most of us city dwellers the storm was relatively anticlimactic, bringing only a bit of rain and wind.
Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design provided a pro bono consultation to our neighborhood community center, Hartley House, one week before Irene’s visit. During that meeting, one of our chief concerns was for a pair of Ailanthus trees growing in the courtyard which had never been pruned properly. This invasive species, known for being unstable, raised fears for the wellbeing of surrounding historic buildings of Hartley House, and for the children attending afterschool and summer programs in the courtyard.
If you are already a reader of Erbology, you know how this story (and storm) ended, as chronicled in When Heaven Came Crashing Down on September 7, 2011. Thankfully no one was hurt, and the property damage was minimal. The courtyard plantings suffered the worst with multiple beds and plantings being demolished and requiring removal.
We are ready to start the next chapter for the courtyard. Alan Klein has taken the initiative as chairman of the newly formed Hartley House Garden Committee. This group is tasked with a fundraising effort to help restore and replant the courtyard between the main building of Hartley House and the original 1800’s carriage house hidden behind. Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design is donating a new design and installation materials while Alan works closely with Hartley House staff members on fundraising for this effort.
We welcome contributions and support of all shapes and sizes. Volunteers will be needed for our June planting (check back soon for dates and times) and contributions of any amount will be greatly appreciated. Don’t miss this chance to be involved and to give back to an amazing community organization.
Posted in Erb Garden Videos, tagged 4th of July drinks, 4th of july picnic ideas, blueberry, brew, DIY Picnic, DIY sun tea, fourth of july, herbal drinks, Herbs, Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design, lavender, lemon, lemon balm, mint, park, picnic, sage, stevia, strawberry, summer picnic, sun tea, sunny day, tea bags, tea leaf, truvia on July 1, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Sun tea is easiest and most refreshing way to make a drink while incorporating some herbs from your garden. It’s so easy that you can bring the ingredients with you to a park and let them soak while preparing for a picnic or get together. The drink will be ready when your guests start to arrive.
How does sun tea relate to the garden you ask? Herbs is how! When using the recipe below, add a handful of herbs to the brew as it is steeping for a fresh-from-the-garden taste. Mint, lemon balm, sage and even lavender are perfect choices but the options are endless! Stick with one flavor, mint for example, or add several sprigs of different kinds of herbs to create your own, individual brew. Adding some fruit, such as lemon, strawberries or blueberries, can also bring a new flavor dimension to the tea.
Sun Tea Recipe
Any clean and clear jar, bottle or other container that holds liquid
1 black tea bag (1 tea bag = 1 teaspoon of loose tea leaves) per cup of water
Your choice of fruit and/or herbs
1 sunny day!
1. Wash your container with hot soapy water before use. This will help sanitize the container as the brewing temperature is ideal for bacteria growth and you want to nip that in the bud before it begins!
2. Measure out how many cups of cold water can fit in your freshly washed container. Add 1 tea bag, or loose tea leaf, per cup of water. Also at this time add any herbs or fruit you want.
3. Combine everything in your container, cover, and put in the sun for at least 2 hours. Remove from the sun when the tea has brewed to the strength you desire.
4. Sweeten to taste with honey or sugar or trying using the herb Stevia to add a natural sweetness. (Fun fact: stevia is used to make the new sweetener Truvia)
5. Serve chilled with a fresh sprig of herbs!
Happy Fourth of July to everybody!
Article written by lilyofthevalley for Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design
Posted in Erb Approved Plants, tagged Amsonia, amsonia hubrichtii, amsonia tabernaemontana, blue flowers, Bluestar, fall display, flowering perennial, four season porch, glowing fall color, herbaceous perennials, Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design, June-flowering perennials, native, Perennial, perennial wildflower, texture, three-season perennial, wildflower on May 28, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Amsonia (also known as Bluestar) is an underutilized native wildflower you should consider adding to your perennial beds. Two species widely found in retail nurseries and garden centers include Amsonia hubrichtii and Amsonia tabernaemontana. These species are very similar but the latter has wider leaves in addition to tongue-twisting binomial nomenclature.
Amsonia provides three seasons of interest in the garden. Clusters of small star-shaped flowers in shades of blue cover the plant in June. The blooms peak at a time in the season when many perennials are on a flowering hiatus. The bright green foliage lasts through summer and has a striking fine texture not commonly found on herbaceous perennials. Amsonia provides an additional season of interest with a glowing fall color. The vivid yellow-orange leaves are a highlight in the autumn landscape.
Reaching a height and width of about 2-3 feet, Bluestar can easily find a home in the garden. It thrives in sunny locations and can tolerate poor soils and drought conditions. Bluestar will steal the show on its own, but a mass planting would be absolutely stunning.
Article and photography by lilyofthevalley for Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design.
Posted in Erb Garden Videos, Retail Therapy, tagged basil, Boskke, Boskke Sky Planter, chives, dill, fennel, Fresh Cut Herbs, innovative watering system, Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design, mint, New York City Kitchen, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme, Topsy Turvy Planter on May 6, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
The Boskke Sky Planter redefines the Topsy Turvy Planter collection into a posh container that can fit into any New York City kitchen. Never underestimate the value of fresh-cut herbs. If cooking isn’t your forte, think beverages. A little minty mojito could be the norm in your kitchen this summer.
An innovative watering system allows the plants to be watered without leaking onto your countertops and floors. Have fun arranging individual planters at convenient heights in your apartment. To maximize visual interest of these planters, stagger the hanging heights for a layered effect.
Herbs best suited for growing in a sunny window include rosemary, mint, basil, oregano, thyme, chives, dill, fennel, and sage but don’t limit your imagination! There are many options available and when one plant becomes bare, replace it with a different variety!
Article written by lilyofthevalley for Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design.
Posted in Erb Garden Videos, tagged Anigozanthos, Architectural Plants, Botanical Garden, bromeliads, Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design, Kangaroo Paw, rooftop gardens, Tropical Rainforest, University of Puerto Rico, University of Puerto Rico Botanical Garden, USDA Hardiness Zone on March 29, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Spring is in full swing. After an inspirational retreat to Puerto Rico, we are back in action and ready to start a slew of spring projects. Watch for my articles on the tropical rainforest, local nurseries stocked with stunning bromeliads and the critique of the University of Puerto Rico Botanical Garden.
This week we will start gathering the best plants from our favorite nurseries in Long Island. These specimen plants will find new homes here on rooftops gardens and backyards around Manhattan. Until we update you on our current projects, enjoy this simple arrangement featuring the exotic Kangaroo Paw flower. I love architectural plants and flower structures with a strong form. The Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos) is found throughout Australia and can be grown in USDA hardiness zones 10-15 which includes southern California and the tip of Florida. Read more about the Anigozanthus genus here: http://www.anbg.gov.au/anigozanthos/index.html