Posts Tagged ‘landscape design’

While shopping at a local nursery this past spring, I decided to satisfy my urge to start seeds despite my northeast facing apartment with meager late winter sun.  As you can see, my perseverance paid off with this stunning purple Morning Glory  that catches the sunlight better than a stained glass window. I started a packet each of Morning Glory and Moonflower seeds to grow on the railing of my apartment balcony.  The idea was to have the Morning Glory color during the day and Moonflowers to grace the evening hours.  While the Moonflower vines are quite profuse in growth, they are not living up to their promising name of nighttime flora.  The Morning Glory is shorter in growth but most definitely has a better show.

The photo above is from very early April. The four cells to the left are the Moonflower vines (with bigger leaves) and the four cells to the right are the Morning Glory plants(leggy seedling with small leaves).  Once they grew larger, and the outside temperatures rose above frost danger, they were moved to the balcony to flourish.  Hopefully by the end of the summer the moonflowers will produce the show they are supposed to!  Stay tuned for that event.

Moral of the story: patience pays off in horticulture!

Article and photography by lilyofthevalley for Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design.

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Texture is an important element of design

tex·ture [teks-cher], noun

the visual and especially tactile quality of a surface

Now that the weather has evened out it is time to fill in empty spots in your planting beds. Before you rush to the local nursery to pick up the typical flats of Impatiens and Marigolds, consider an alternative way to approach your garden this season. Texture is a commonly overlooked element of design in the landscape.  Most people gravitate towards pops of bright color and showy flowers, but texture can provide just as much interest while providing for a more elegant and restrained feel in the garden.

The first picture is the view outside my apartment window.  The power lines certainly detract from the overall picture but I could spend hours admiring the leaf textures found in this natural hedgerow.  There are a variety of trees including Pines, Sassafras, Maples, and Locusts.  This shows that while a landscape can be monochromatic, it certainly doesn’t lack in interest.  Click for an enlarged image to truly admire the variety!

This Rooftop Garden Uses Texture and Foliage For Interest Instead of Showy Flowers

Plants such as iris can be used to provide vertical lines in the garden and break up a low planting bed .  Grasses provide a soft feel while tropical plants like Elephant Ear or Canna provide bold visual exclamations with their structural habits.  Use plants with finer textures to fill in all the little empty spaces in the garden. Creeping Jenny or Creeping Fig have delicate leaves which provide a good contrast in texture to many cultivated garden plants.

Article and photography by lilyofthevalley for Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design.

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Watch the newest episode of The Erb Garden as we explore rhythm another element of design you can apply to your own landscape. Rhythm isn’t only in the latest Justin Bieber hit, it is all around us. Learn how to use the techniques of repetition, alternation, inversion and gradation in your own garden!


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Start the new year on the right foot and watch the Erb Garden online to explore the elements of landscape design. You will see examples of how you can apply basic design principles to your own garden. Stay tuned for the first episode airing February 1st.


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