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November 1991

Starting out at 32 years old with a husband and five year old daughter, I took on the challenge of starting a business (Colorscapes) and the other task at hand, landscaping an acre. For those of us who like to spend our down time playing outside in the dirt, it's a rewarding pastime; Wow! That looks much better! And I did it myself! I'm also a firm believer that the more you do, the more you can do, so gardening provides a heathly choice activity, mentally and physically. So, after spending most of my adult life gardening, it's natural that I also like to talk about gardening. If you have questions or comments to share, please email us through our Contact Us page.

Walkway to gh 1992    Walkway to gh

 It's easy to feel overwhelmed when starting out, but by developing a new landscape in stages/areas, it's easier.

Try to create a shady sanctuary where you can sit comfortably, relax, and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Within each area, create strong focal points, where the eye can naturally land/rest. Privacy screens can be created with 6-8' densely planted shrubs that also serve as a perennial garden backdrop. Garden edges need to be clearly defined using durable, long-lasting material. Likewise, utilize inorganic materials to create long-term, low-maintenance walkways and pathways that allow for ease of movement through and to developed areas.

View From Deck

While each successful landscape fulfills the individual needs and wants of the homeowner, we all need a place to feel at home, outside. Once the landscape is developed, the garden areas require minimal time, energy, and resources to maintain. I'm in the gardens in early summer and again in fall.


Winter can be the best time to take a look at the overall landscape design. Densely planted fruiting shrubs provide food and shelter for birds as storms move through so it's important to include them. They also provide privacy screens and continue through the changing seasons to attract pollinators. 

  Wintry November Morning

Last fall I was able to cut back the herbaceous perennials (plants whose upper growth dies back while the roots thrive through winter) so in spring, new growth will be hardier and healthier than growth that would otherwise have to force its way through dead, matted foliage or be damaged by even the gentle removing of dead foliage in spring. It also improves the gardens aesthetically. 


Playing Outside

When developing a landscape, consider some lawn space that provides a place to crawl, jump, run, and fall down without injury. Including colorful shrubs and perennials provides food and shelter for songbirds & bugs along with berries and colorful leaves, all adding to the sensory pleasure of being outside.

Ideally, the play space is near an adjoining area where you can relax and watch children play. Picnic tables are fun snack areas and provide a place for sit and play activities.

Spending time playing outside can be a child's favorite time of the day.

Playing Outside

Playtime For Big Kids

Play Time For Big Kids

If you're planting, digging, tilling, spading, pruning, shearing, heading, trimming, thinning, deadheading, transplanting, dividing, fertilizing, composting, mulching, topdressing,'re gardening.

It's only work if you would rather be doing something else.

Have Fun In The Sun

Granted it does help to know about drainage, tilth, pH, topsoil, clay, humus, soiless potting mix, perlite, peatmoss, zone maps, what an annual is, what a perennial is, planting depth, crown, spacing, suckering, bulb, rhizome, corm, tuber, vine, beneficials, pollinators, deciduous, evergreen...

Enjoy the simplicity and add some whimsy.

Garden Whimsy  Miniature Garden

Enjoy The Gardens

Learn Everyday

And there's what we learn along the way: Edging, borders, hardscapes, anchor, planting to scale, continuity, screening, backdrop, linear, focal points, naturalized, asymmetrical, formal, symetrical, negative space, contrast, canopy, understory, graft, flare, viable seeds, invasive,...

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