Jeffrey gives a garden quick tip to take your lighting to the next level. Enhance lighting that you already have by adding another level of fixtures. Learn how to add more glow to your garden by placing lights strategically.
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Posted in Erb Garden Videos, tagged Garden Lighting, garden lighting tips, garden tips, Jeffrey Erb, jeffrey landscape, landscape lighting, landscape lighting tips, simple garden lighting, strategic garden lights on April 20, 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 43rd street plaza, bench integrated lighting, blinding garden lights, garden downlights, garden lighting design, garden spotlights, Grace Plaza, grace plaza ny ny, Jeffrey Erb, Moed de Armas & Shannon Architects, planter integrated lighting, plaza 6th avenue, Plaza design nyc, plaza lighting ny ny, STK Steakhouse, uplights in garden on January 17, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Yesterday evening I walked by Grace Plaza located at 43rd street and 6th Avenue in the heart of midtown Manhattan. Though the renovations on this plaza were completed several months ago, this is the first time I saw the space at night. My first impression was skewed by the overwhelming abundance of light fixtures present. I’ve written on the positive effects of uplighting in a garden, but Grace Plaza has up, down and all around lighting.
I applaud the plaza design from Moed de Armas & Shannon Architects which is quite restrained and classy. The benches and integrated granite seating work well with the overall layout. Even the STK Steakhouse blends into the architecture of the space. Each large granite planter has integrated lights pointing towards the paving as well as uplights focused on the trees. Each tree has additional downlights attached to the branches which act as spotlights. I found that more than a few of the downlights are poorly positioned and shine in your face as you walk by. That is a big no-no for me in garden design. Lighting should enhance elements of a garden, not blind you.
I take into account that the positioning of the downlights may be a maintenance issue, but it’s important nonetheless. It seems almost every bench, wall, handrail and feature of the plaza has some kind of integrated lighting. Make no mistake that the detailing is very well done, it’s just the overall effect that I wish was adjusted. Perhaps in summer when there is more greenery the lighting will seem more toned down. Stay tuned for an update come May.
Posted in Curbside Catastrophe, tagged 1633 Broadway, Broadway theatre, fall annuals, fall display, fall foliage, fall foliage displat, fall garden display, intermixed chrysanthemum colors, Jeffrey Erb, millet, ornamental millet, Paramount Plaza, paramount plaza fall planting, Pennisetum rubrum, plaza garden design, plaza landscape design nyc, plaza nyc, purple majesty millet, red fountain grass, theater distric NYC, Times Square on October 14, 2011 | 6 Comments »
This plaza serves as an entry to the stately 48 story building at 1633 Broadway. Located in the heart of the theater district, Paramount Plaza gets tons of foot traffic which is all the more reason for my disappointment when I saw their fall planting.
One large Chrysanthemum was plunked in the middle of each planter. The plantings don’t have any imagination or whimsy and because of the intermixed colors it looks like an afterthought. There are so many better options for fall annuals and foliage displays that Chrysanthemums are obsolete from a design perspective.
This planting was a missed opportunity to wow visitors and draw attention to Paramount Plaza’s real estate. The planters are screaming for something with height to match the scale of the surrounding street trees. What if they used Pennisetum rubrum for its tall deep red leaves, or even ‘Purple Majesty’ Ornamental Millet. That would set the stage for a whole new classy feel with lots of contrast in height and color.
Posted in Erb Garden Videos, tagged 28th Street, 28th Street NYC, floral district, hyacinth, Jeffrey Erb, Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design, midtown manhattan, New York Botanical Garden, NYC Floral District, Orchid Show, Sweet-smelling street, Vegetative anomalies on March 17, 2011 | 1 Comment »
28th Street is bursting with new plant life. Known as the floral district, I commonly refer to this stretch between 6th and 7th Avenue as the plant street. The sidewalks are lined with vegetative anomalies all year long. Just the other day I made a trip to plant street and was delighted to find the entire city block had the sweet smell of Hyacinth. If you don’t have time to make it to the New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid show just take 5 minutes to walk this street and you’ll have your fix.
Posted in Erb Approved Plants, tagged Bells of Ireland, calyxes, Cut Flowers, Dried Flowes, feasting, Holiday, Ireland, Irish Bells, Jeffrey Erb, Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design, lime green flowers, Ringing Bells, Saint Patrick's Day, st patricks day on March 14, 2011 | 2 Comments »
St. Patrick’s day should be a gardener’s favorite holiday. What’s not to love about
a day of feasting, indulging and celebrating all things green? In honor of this
once religious holiday, I am celebrating one of my favorite annnual plants.
Moluccella laevis, known more commonly as Bells of Ireland, is a fantastic
addition to any garden.
The spikey flowers easily reach 24″ tall in full bloom. Modified lime green
calyxes line the stem of the flower stalk and add a striking texture to flower
beds. The flowers can be used for cut arrangements both fresh and dry.
Sow your seeds for Bells of Ireland now and transplant them outside in late April.
Though they won’t be ringing, you can celebrate St. Patty’s Day with these
Bells of Ireland all summer long. They bloom profusely mid to late summer. Find seeds here: http://www.burpee.com/
Posted in Erb Garden Videos, tagged Alchemy Properties, apartment, Courtyard, Courtyard Garden NYC, Estates, Garden, Garden Design Tips, Griffin Court, Home garden, Jeffrey Erb, Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design, New York City, New York City Landscape Design, New York City Rooftop Garden Installations, NYC Backyard Gardens, NYC Garden Design, NYC Garden Installation, NYC Garden Maintenance, NYC Rooftop Gardens, NYC Terrace Gardens, NYC Townhouse Gardens, NYC View, Pergola, Picture-perfect NYC View, The Erb Garden, Tips for Green Roofs, Urban Garden Videos, West 54th Street Condo on March 10, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Two levels of gardens compose the inner space between 54th and 53rd Street at Griffin Court. There is a lawn for dogs, covered pergolas for lounging or dining, lighting, mounded planting beds with grasses and everything you could hope for in a courtyard. The building was constructed in such a way that this garden has a decent amount of space and light which are very hard things to find in New York City. Walking in the courtyard felt very comfortable. It’s very easy to visualize spending time there. Everything about the garden makes it feel like a success, but I found a glitch from the view above.
The overall effect of the garden from the upper level apartments was boring. It felt artificial and stagnant. The view from the apartments facing this interior courtyard left me longing for a view to the street and real NYC sights and sounds. From an aerial perspective the space looks very contrived and has a textbook-design kind of feel. Landscape elements are spaced in such a way as to diverge and reconnect in a very structured manner. In fact, it feels too structured. If certain elements were more organic and free flowing, the garden would be more effective.
This garden needs more time to grow in since it was recently planted (it appears this was done the end of summer in 2010). Perhaps when the plants mature, the rigidity of the courtyard will fade. For me, having a view of a garden should be mesmerizing and take your mind to another world free of cell phones, emails and responsibilities.
The building on a whole was really well done. According to local real estate agents, Alchemy Properties (the developer) completed construction of over 20 residential buildings and do quality work. I can attest that the layouts of the apartments and fixtures were very nice and well worth seeing. Small things like windows and murals in the hallways make it stand out from other buildings where developers have short-ended the halls making them dark and cramped. Read more about Griffiin Court here: http://www.griffincourtcondo.com
Also check out their facebook page for more images of the space: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Griffin-Court-Condo/103487993030031?v=info
Posted in Erb Garden Videos, tagged Dane Stangler, Entrepeneurial activity, garden designs, great recession, Huffington post, Jeffrey Erb, Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design, Kauffman Foundation, Kauffman Index of Entrepeneurial Activity, layoffs, New York City Design Firm, urban landscapes on March 8, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
“In 2009, Jeffrey Erb left his management position at a premier New York City design firm to branch out and start his own business, Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design, which creates artful urban landscapes and garden designs.”…..
….”The layoffs of the Great Recession have prompted more and more people to set off on their own, trying their hand at running a business. New data from the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity indicate that startup activity rose to record highs in 2008 and 2009. And, in 2010, business formation remained at these elevated levels, with an average of 565,000 new businesses formed every month — a 15-year high.”
Check out the full article by Dane Stangler’s in the Huffington Post discussing small business job creation and the economy. Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design is referenced! It’s a quick read and is interesting to think about.
Posted in Erb Garden Videos, tagged Estates, Garden Design Tips, Jeffrey Erb, Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design, Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart Gardening Episode, Martha Stewart TV Show, Martha Stewart's Greenhouse, New York City, New York City Landscape Design, New York City Rooftop Garden Installations, NYC Backyard Gardens, NYC Garden Design, NYC Garden Installation, NYC Garden Maintenance, NYC Rooftop Gardens, NYC Terrace Gardens, NYC Townhouse Gardens, Stacey Hirvela, starting seeds, sustainable landscapes, The Erb Garden, Tips for Green Roofs, TV Greenhouse, Urban Garden Videos on March 5, 2011 | 2 Comments »
Did you catch Martha Stewart’s garden episode on March 1st? If you did then hopefully you got to see yours truly in the question and answer section. I have to hand it to her, Martha makes gardening accessible for everyone. The episode was chock full of horticulture tips for starting seeds and planning a sustainable landscape and reviewed some of the newest outdoor gadgets and garden accessories. The entire experience from start to finish was terrific. In case you missed the episode, check out the clips here:http://www.marthastewart.com/show/the-martha-stewart-show/the-gardening-show
The talented Stacey Hirvela (also featured in the episode), Senior Associate Garden Editor for Living, keeps a fantastic blog jam-packed with gardening ideas at: http://inthegarden.marthastewart.com/