Category: Garden design tips

  • Garden ideas for Tacoma and Olympia

    Garden ideas for Tacoma and Olympia

    We came back from the 2021 Portland Landscape Architecture + Design Tour with some great pictures to help you with some design choices in your own garden. We managed to see eight of the nine gardens on display (we had six hours to do it and some gardens were 30 minutes of more apart from […]

  • We added an ideabook on Houzz

    We added an ideabook on Houzz

    See our post on layered gardens … here

  • 3-D mock ups

    3-D mock ups

    One of the great things about designing gardens is showing clients what there gardens can become using 3-D pictures and drawings. This really helps a homeowner imagine the options. We use Vectorworks for our CAD system but also add other elements via Canva to build out a bigger picture. Below are some examples of these.

  • Benefits of an informal garden

    Benefits of an informal garden

    informal gardens, those mimicking the “natural world,” are more restorative than formal spaces.

  • Great Bluestone for aggregate side by side … go “off color”

    Great Bluestone for aggregate side by side … go “off color”

    Most people would call aggregate patios grey. But take a closer look. Most likely there is a ton of brown and blue rock in there too – not to mention yellow, white and more. So when wanting to design with a complimentary rock, I love the Pennsylvania Bluestone “off color.” This is perfect for steps […]

  • Adding to nature’s design

    Adding to nature’s design

    A design technique calls for bringing focus down to a path and then encouraging visitors to walk on that path.

  • The scary sounds of silence

    The scary sounds of silence

    Three “sound” principles guide our design choices with customers.  1. Natural sounds like water and birds have been proven to relieve stress. 2. A silent space means danger and should be avoided.  3. Studies have proven that urban noise has a negative effect on health.

  • Scale in the garden

    Scale in the garden

    The massive expansion of a small patio into two large circles better fitting of the large garden space (scale is important in a design) is complete. Next part is the acid wash so the two slabs match, plus softening all of the edges with plants!! Pictured the previous patio, construction and finished project.

  • More questions to ask your Seattle, Tacoma Garden Designer

    More questions to ask your Seattle, Tacoma Garden Designer

    Part #2. Looking to hire a garden designer for your Tacoma, Seattle, Olympia home? For life in this part of the country, here are even more questions to ask when choosing your team.

  • When opposites attract

    When opposites attract

    First, green makes a garden shine, especially on a sunny, blue-sky day in the middle of winter. Want more color this time of year, then get the leafy greens in your design diet. Want to make things pop, too? Add splashes of red, as seen here with the Cordyline australis ‘Red Star’ and Coral Bark […]