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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Posted in Sidewalk Sensation, tagged brownstone terrace, Jeffrey Erb, Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design, manhattan rooftop garden, nyc garden, nyc rooftop, NYC Rooftop Gardens, rooftop garden on February 9, 2016 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Urban Garden Design, tagged alyssum, Aquilegia spring flowers, caladium heart-shaped leaf, cure spring fever, Jeffrey Erb, Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design, nyc spring flowers, rooftop garden nyc, sophisticated spring planting, spring color in garden, spring fever tips, spring gardening tips, spring plantings, understated spring plantings on February 13, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
In the seven years I’ve lived in New York City, this is by far the worst winter I have ever seen. The snow is relentless and is clearly overstaying its welcome. While stuck inside today I am sorting through spring plantings from past seasons. If you have spring fever like me, it’s never too early to treat your symptoms and begin planning your first seasonal planting of the year. Check out these ideas and tips to create a fresh look once warmer weather rolls around!
Instead of using every available color in your planting try picking one or two hues and stick with them. We used Heather and Hellebore in the above planting as neutrals to balance out the yellow and purple in the Pansies (Viola x wittrockiana) and Grape Hyacinth (Muscari). I feel plantings that have flower colors of the same value or saturation are more pleasing than those of high contrast. The more contrast there is between light and dark colors the more attention the planting draws. More often than not I prefer plantings that are easy on the eye, not ones that scream “look at me!”
In spring, when deciduous trees and shrubs are just beginning to leaf out and the landscape is just waking up, a spring planting can add a ton of visual interest. Use plantings of different heights, or in planters of different heights to draw your eye through the landscape. Your eye will follow the spots of color and if repeated throughout a garden, the color will create movement in an otherwise dull space.
If in doubt, keep your planting simple. White Hydrangeas create a very clean and soothing look for spring. However, it’s my job as a landscape designer to create unique planting combinations. Don’t be afraid to use perennials in a planter for a seasonal planting. You can always replant the perennials into a planting bed once the display is changed out. Columbine (Aquilegia), Caladiums and Alyssum were combined to create a muted look for this late spring/early summer transitional planting. The texture of the broad heart-shaped Caladium leaves against the tiny white flowing flowers of the Alyssum is divine.
I hope some of these pictures help you look past the current blizzard and start dreaming of spring. There is no better cure for spring fever than planning your garden and picking out plants that inspire you!
Posted in Urban Garden Design, tagged Financial District roof garden, financial district terrace garden, Gardens for renters, Jeffrey Erb, Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design, lightweight fiberglass planters, lightweight planters, nyc terrace garden, removable decking, renter rooftop gardens, renter terrace gardens, specimen japanese maples, Wall Street Garden Design on September 10, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
This renter wanted to take advantage of killer financial district and Wall Street views…. and I don’t blame them. With a terrace like this, you want to be able to use every square inch! We added lightweight fiberglass planters with specimen Japanese Maples for height.
A lightweight decking solution was installed over the existing concrete pavers. That goes for the synthetic lawn as well. Should the renter decide to move, they get to take their deck and grass with them (if they so choose).
The renter added their funky flare with bold furniture pieces and textiles. Low voltage lighting sets the mood at night, and creates a fabulous place to soak in the scenery.
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 »
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.
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.