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We are thrilled to have two of our NYC rooftop gardens published in this amazing book. The Midcentury Modern Landscape by Ethne Clarke is filled with tons of photographs of modern gardens that redefine outdoor space. It’s a fantastic addition to your library!

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If you’re anything like me, then you are probably catching up on a stack of books in the winter months. Nothing remedies a cold winter night like a good garden book. Betsy Pinover Schiff’s September 2016 Sidewalk Gardens of New York beautifully captures little garden moments in this big city that we often miss. She successfully catches the tiniest plantings in our urban environment from tree pit and entry plantings to hanging baskets and container gardens.

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Sidewalk Gardens of New York by Betsy Pinover Schiff

Betsy photographed gardens from spring to fall in this book and captured a wide range of seasonally significant blooms. This book delights visually. You can almost feel yourself walking the streets of New York City at a leisurely pace as you turn each page.

Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design’s work is captured in this book (hint, look at page 14) Enjoy, be inspired and prepare for spring!

 

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Just because it’s a festive weekend- here’s a few ideas for your garden. Enjoy the Fourth!

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Let’s face it, there are plenty of white and red flowering plant options for the garden, but if you look hard enough you can find some blue flowers as well. And no, I’m not talking about pansies. Try these three plants in your garden to make the festive feel of the 4th of July last throughout the season.

Blue Flowers of Campanula ‘Blue Clips’ Grow 6-9″ Tall

1. Campanula carpatica ‘Blue Clips’      Commonly referred to as Bellflower, Campanula provides a striking blue flower 3″ wide in the shape of a little bell. Campanula is hardy in zones 3-7 and prefers sun, though it is not tolerant of hot and dry conditions. Flowers appear from late spring through early summer. Blue Clips is a short cultivar growing only 6-9″ tall in a mounding form which makes it perfect for a spot front and center in the garden.

Caryopteris ‘Longwood Blue’…

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Now that Valentine’s Day has passed and February is half over, you may want to start focusing attention on your landscaping plans for the rapidly-approaching 2016 season. Just about any designer will tell you that your outdoor space should be an extension if your interior living space. But that’s easier said than done. If you don’t already have a patio, deck or feature that delineates a specific functional area (think pool/ shed/ raised planting garden), it can be difficult to carve out romantic areas that make you want to stop and enjoy the intimate atmosphere a beautiful landscape can provide. Here are 3 easy ways to bring more romance to your garden design:

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  1. Keep lighting indirect and in unexpected places. Nothing ruins the mood more than having a beam of light shining directly in your eyes. Use lighting to accent walls, highlight textures of fencing and graze across sculptures. Never underestimate the power of shadows in a garden.
  2. Even in large spaces, find niches or carve out places that feel enclosed. Instead of building a stone patio in the middle of the lawn, add a buffer hedge around it or a small ornamental tree to anchor the corner of the patio. Think about the “floor”, “walls” and “overhead” plane that make up your outdoor patio room. This is a tip from landscape design 101. If you haven’t signed up yet- join my class at the New York Botanical Garden this spring or summer 
  3. Subtle transitions in materials or plant palettes go a long way in creating soft visual effects in the landscape. Bold contrasting colors and patterns may make great content for an editorial photo shoot, but the reality of day to day living calls for design that can stand the test of time. Use color blocking to group like colors together. A neutral background in the garden allows for focal points to be added and edited over time.

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2015 was a whirlwind of a season. With a long harsh winter, we had a lot of catching up to do to keep existing gardens looking great. Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design created and installed some fantastic new rooftop and terrace gardens which never made it to our website. Here’s a look back at the 2015 season as we are gearing up for 2016.  Don’t be afraid to be bold this season. Don’t get stuck thinking about trends as you design your space. Always be true to your surroundings, the architecture, the lines and the preexisting site elements that you cannot change. 

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Winter storm “Juno” is throwing down a white blanket of snow across the northeast. Nothing cures winter blues like shopping for your garden. I’m sharing some of my favorite garden accessories for the spring. Grab a cup of tea, bundle up in a blanket and let’s go shopping!

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Brass Lanterns From Terrain Set the Right Mood

 

Brass is the new black! These brass lanterns from Terrain hit just the right note. Classic style is updated with a sleek metallic finish. So what if brass showed up everywhere in 2014…it isn’t going anywhere! The style of this lantern allows it to fit into many garden settings and it’s not a run of the mill lantern!  Purchase here

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The Perfect Garden Gloves from NYBG

 

If the Glove Fits… A chef wouldn’t prepare his finest meal with dull knives and an artist’s painting would suffer from use of inferior brushes. So it’s only natural that a gardener needs a perfect pair of garden gloves in their tool bag. Kill two birds with one stone and pick up a pair of these gloves from the New York Botanical Garden. Not only are you supporting a fantastic garden in New York City, your hands will also thank you for this one. Purchase here

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Sexy Zinc Finials Available at Restoration Hardware

 

Something Missing? At 63″ tall, this piece available for purchase at Restoration Hardware adds a visual punch to an outdoor garden or patio. It’s the perfect object to fill a blank space in need of a focal point. Put it somewhere unexpected to create a sense of surprise in the garden. It could be partially hidden by a plant, or around the corner from a wall….get creative! As the Zinc weathers, the patina will only add to the piece.

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