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Themed Landscape Design Part 3: The Gardens of Spain and Italy

Part three of a series on themed landscape design explores Spanish gardens and design elements of Italian gardens. First off, let’s cover Spanish gardens.

Spanish Gardens and their Design

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What is a Spanish garden from a landscape design perspective?  According to Wikipedia: “A traditional Spanish Garden is a style of garden or designed landscape developed in historic Spain, incorporating principles and elements of garden design from precedents in ancient Persian gardens, Roman gardens and Islamic gardens, and the great Moorish gardens of the Al-Andalus era on the Iberian Peninsula. In the 20th and 21st centuries a ‘Spanish Garden,’ or new gardens in Spain, have continued, interpreted, abstracted, or departed from these traditional planning and aesthetic motifs.Traditionally, the paradise garden is interpreted with a central cross axis, in the four cardinal directions, with long ponds or water channels (a rill or stylized qanat) where water reflects and flows, set in a walled courtyard. [READ MORE]

When you call in a landscape design professional to plan a Spanish garden, ultimately, you want to remember that with such a  garden, less is more.  Like a Zen garden, Spanish gardens are based on simplicity.  But what about one of the roots of such gardens?

Italian Gardens and Designing Tips

An Italian garden, also known as a  Roman garden is based upon a walled off central courtyard.  They are designed to be refuges from the outside world, and are meant to be peaceful and serene spots as a result.  You don’t want an Italian garden in a planned community as your HOA would almost certainly object.

When you are planning to make some changes to your landscape, think about what fits your home as well as your lifestyle.  An English country garden is beautiful, but it needs a LOT of water, the same with a rose garden.  Xeriscaping is beautiful in it’s own way, but it isn’t for everyone, particularly if they’re nostalgic for back home.  Ultimately, whatever you decide, the right landscape design company can help.

This concludes our three part series on themed landscape design.  Be sure to read part one and part two as well.

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Themed Landscape Design Part 1: The Gardens of Asia and the Far East

Part one of a series on themed landscape design will explore the gardens of Asia and the Near East.  First off though, let’s explore China and Japan. Be sure to read part two of this series as well as part three.

Setting Up a Chinese Garden As Part of Landscape Design

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First off, though, what’s the difference between a Chinese garden and a Japanese garden?  Chinese gardens are themed landscape designs that are over three thousand years old.  Chinese gardens can be vast, like for those of the Imperial Family, or they can be small and intimate places that are designed for both peace and as a temporary respite from the outside world.  Whether large or small, however, a Chinese garden is supposed to convey a message that harmony should always exist between nature and mankind.

In a way, a Chinese garden is like a living story, separate from the outside world.  Walls always enclose Chinese gardens and there are a combination of paths, rocks, flowers and pavilions. Sometimes, there are water features as well.  By moving  through the garden, visitors get to see a series of scenes.  All Chinese gardens, like their Japanese counterparts are very serene places.  A Japanese garden does differ from a Chinese garden in a lot of ways, as far as themed landscape design goes.

Themed Landscape Design: Japanese Gardens

Japanese gardens originally were Chinese gardens, but over time, they started to develop their own unique style, and have been unique for over two centuries.  A lot of Japanese gardens for example originated with the Shinto religion, and as such have several common threads.  First off, there are unusual rocks in a Japanese garden, as well as white pebble paths.  The white of the pebbles symbolizes purity, as well as simulates a dry riverbed.  One thing that is interesting about these gardens is how diverse they are.

The Moss Garden in Kyoto is a classic Japanese garden, as is Kinkaku-ji, and so is the Zen rock garden of Ryōan-ji, and each of them is vastly different from each other. Some of them are just for asethetics, and others for meditation and contemplation. And you can also have one on your property too, as part of landscape design with a theme.

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Landscape design in Prescott isn’t just about what flowers to plant in fall,  or how much to water.  Sometimes, it is also about ingenuity as well.

Landscape Design Tip:  Convert Your Yard To Desert Landscaping

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Some people may wonder why anyone would want to convert a yard to desert landscaping would be a good idea in a place as hot as Arizona.  Well, while lawns are beautiful green spaces, they are also fairly labor intensive as well as cost intensive.  If you have a lawn, for example, you can expect to pay up to 10% higher water bills per month from having to water your lawn.   Hiring a service saves you labor, but doesn’t necessarily save you money.  With people having to make cutbacks, one solution involves changing their yard over to something more economical.

yard conversions have started to rise.  Most housing tracts and commercial centers are already starting to incorporate desert landscaping.   It’s merely a matter of removing lawn,  laying down gravel, putting a few boulders around, and planting a cactus or two or some desert plants.  However, it isn’t just desert landscaping that you can convert a yard to.

Yard Conversions: More Landscape Tips

Maybe you don’t want to go desert on your landscaping.  Well, did you know that you can turn your yard into a tropical oasis of landscape design.  Whatever, you decide, make sure you do it right.

Having a lawn isn’t for everyone.  If you want to cut back on your water bill, and are no tired of mowing your lawnl, don’t make it a crater, make it into something else.  Convert your lawn to an area that has landscaping instead.

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Landscape Remodeling: Reasons Why You Should Do It Part 1

You may be wondering why you need to think about remodeling your landscape.  Well first off, let’s get into aesthetics.

Landscape Remodeling and Your Homeowner’s Association

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Like them or hate them, HOAs are a part of a lot of major cities.  A lot of the time, they require you to keep up your property.  Simple landscaping may not be enough.  Let’s say you have two ficus trees in your front yard.  Ficus trees can be good shade trees, but did you know however, that if they’re exposed to freezing temperatures, the leaves as well as the branches can die off?  Some growth may come back, but it is usually at the bottom, and you’re stuck with a tree that is largely dead.  The other ficus tree is doing alright, however, but now your yard’s overall design is out of balance.  Or maybe all of  your plants are doing well.

Too well in fact.  Your bougainvillea is tangling with your Japanese honeysuckle,  and your roses are growing together into a giant rose mass.  Landscape remodeling helps to solve problems such as these.  However, sometimes it isn’t your plants that need the attention. Sometimes, you may find that other parts of your yard need such work.

Landscape Remodeling  and Garden Types

Your house is hot and uncomfortable during the summer unless you set your air conditioning really low, which makes your cooling bill go through the roof.  The problem seems even worse at night, and you can’t figure out why.  You have tinted windows,  any southern exposures are shaded by your patio, your insulation is fairly new, and you have both reflective blinds and insulated drapes.  The problem may not be with your home, it may be that you need to remodel your landscape.

For example, desert pavement reflects heat back up.  Desert pavement is hardened clay soil, gravel, and rocks.  And guess what the desert landscaping in your front yard is?  That’s right, desert pavement. It may be a good idea to have a landscape remodeling service come in and totally redo your landscape to one more conducive to cooler temperatures such as a lawn or traditional green space.

Your landscape is part of your home and property.  However, if you’re tired of, it may be time for a change.  Call a landscape remodeling service today.

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Landscape Design in Arizona: Work With Nature Not Against It

Good Landscape Design is About What Works


If you live in Arizona, landscape design can be a challenge.  Try to use native plants whenever possible.  If it grows here, it will likely do well in your yard.

Don’t Use Invasive Plants in Your Landscape Design

Your neighbors will thank you.  Your city will thank you, and your landscape design company will also thank you.  If you don’t believe that planting the wrong plant can be disastrous, look at the kudzu.  It grows a foot a day and has pretty much eaten the South.

Think About Water Use in Your Landscape Design

Don’t plant a rosebush, which needs a lot of water in an area designed for desert plants, and don’t put a cactus in a rose garden, plant complementary plants together, when planning your landscape design.

When in doubt, call in a professional landscape design service

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Landscape Design Part 3: Rock Gardens

In Part 3 of our series, we will explore another type of landscape design: a rock garden.  Rock gardens come in many forms.  One of the most popular is a classic Japanese rock garden.  According to this Wikipedia article:

The Rock Garden and Landscape Design

Rock Garden
Rock Garden

The Japanese rock garden (枯山水 karesansui?) or “dry landscape” garden, often called a zen garden, creates a miniature stylized landscape through carefully composed arrangements of rocks, water features, moss, pruned trees and bushes, and uses gravel or sand that is raked to represent ripples in water.[1] A zen garden is usually relatively small, surrounded by a wall, and is usually meant to be seen while seated from a single viewpoint outside the garden, such as the porch of the hojo, the residence of the chief monk of the temple or monastery. Classical zen gardens were created at temples of Zen Buddhism in Kyoto, Japan during the Muromachi Period. They were intended to imitate the intimate essence of nature, not its actual appearance, and to serve an aid to meditation about the true meaning of life.[2]

Ancient Landscape Designs

Rock gardens existed in Japan at least since the Heian Period (784-1185). These early gardens were described in the first manual of Japanese gardens, Sakuteiki, or Records of Garden Keeping, written at the end of the 11th century by Tachibana no Toshitsuna (1028–1094). They were largely copied from the Chinese gardens of the Song Dynasty (960-1279), where groups of rocks symbolized Mount Penglai, the legendary mountain-island home of the Eight Immortals in Chinese mythology, known in Japanese as Horai.

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Rock gardens are only one method of landscape design.  Part 1 of our series explored desert landscaping and Part 2 explored tropical plants.

Whether you want to go for the desert, or turn your home into a paradise, the right landscape design company can help you.

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Landscape Design Part 1: Desert Landscaping
Landscape Design Part 2: Tropical and Sub-Tropical Landscaping
Landscape Design Part 3: Rock Gardens

Landscape Design Part 2: Tropical and Sub-Tropical Landscaping

In part 1 of this 3 part series, we covered one type of landscape design: desert landscaping.  Part two of this series will cover tropical and sub-tropical landscaping.

Landscape Design and Tropical Plants

It’s possible to do tropical landscaping in a small yard as this article from e-how shows:

Tropical Landcsape Design
Tropical Landcsape Design

Small side yards are sometimes hard to landscape because of the small space and odd shape. Air circulation is problematic as well. A solution for a small side yard is to decorate the area with a tropical theme. Tropical plants will withstand the heat and add dimension and color to an otherwise drab area.

Tropical Landscape Design

The basic design for tropical landscapes is pathways and seating. Make pathways in the middle of the area with white gravel or large concrete stepping stones in a bed of white gravel. Set the stepping-stones in a random pattern to mimic the look of meandering through a villa. Square off planting areas with landscape timbers and hidden seating.

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Tropical Landscape Design: Do  Your Research

As for landscape design with a tropical motif in mind, do a bit of research.  Find out what can grow in your area with little to no effort. Take into account your water bill as well.  The wrong sort of plants could cause your water bill to skyrocket.

Some tips regarding landscaping with tropical plants.  You want to create an illusion of a jungle paradise, which means densely planting the area you want to use tropical landscape design in.  You also want the dense green to be interspersed with plants of wild color.  Look at the vibrant red of a hibiscus plant for example. Make sure there are plenty of touches like a bit of tropical or Asian statuary, or maybe a nice water feature as well.

Make sure you consult with a professional for other landscape ideas as well. Above all else, make sure you get an expert at landscape design.

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Landscape Design Part 1: Desert Landscaping
Landscape Design Part 2: Tropical and Sub-Tropical Landscaping
Landscape Design Part 3: Rock Gardens

 

 

Landscape Design Part 1: Desert Landscaping

Landscape design is something that can be tailored to particular areas and climates, like the desert Southwest.  This article from About.COM lists some plants that do very well in Arizona.

Desert Plants and Landscape Design

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Bougainvillea

These desert plants are great choices for people who don’t want to spend lots of time working in the yard, but want a nice, colorful look in their desert garden.Keep in mind that all of these plants will thrive in the Phoenix area, but not in other parts of Arizona, where we have everything from low desert to high desert and even sub-alpine conditions.

Bougainvillea (at left)
Oleander
Texas Sage / Purple Sage
Lantana
Pampas Grass
Fairy Duster

To read more about using desert plants in your landscape design, please visit http://phoenix.about.com/od/desertplantsandflowers/a/desertplants.htm

Landscape Design in Arizona

Arizona is a diverse environment for landscape design.  The plants that grow here reflect this bio-diversity.  A bougainvillea would do well down here, but not as well in the White Mountains or the northern end of the state.  Another thing to consider is placement with a bougainvillea.  They do well where they can get a lot of sunshine.  They are also very drought tolerant, but will grow quickly when watered.  While there are several varieties of bougainvillea , the variety with the magenta colored leaves does the best as it is incredibly hardy.  In addition to their hardiness, they are also surprisingly versatile.  You can let them grow into a bush, let them be vines, or even be ground cover to keep weeds out.  Be warned however, that if you let them grow wild, you will need to trim them.

Principles of Landscape Design

Landscaping design operates under various principles, and one of them is how adaptable a plant is to a desert environment.  A professional company would be capable of guiding you on plant selection, placement and many other tips to improve your home’s yard.

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Landscape Design Part 1: Desert Landscaping
Landscape Design Part 2: Tropical and Sub-Tropical Landscaping
Landscape Design Part 3: Rock Gardens

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Who Hires a Landscape Designer

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A landscape designer is a specialist in curb appeal, or the appearance of your home. Beautiful landscaping in any area serves as a reminder of nature, even in the middle of a bustling city, as this article about the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park shows.

The Japanese Friendship Garden, also known as San Kei En is a Japanese Garden within Balboa Park, San Diego. It is an expression of friendship between San Diego and its sister city Yokohama that binds the two cultures to create a unique experience for visitors from all over the world. Representing a new concept in the development of a Japanese garden outside of Japan, the Japanese Friendship Garden is designed to present an atmosphere of elegant simplicity (shibui) and quiet beauty. The design is guided by the original principles of the Japanese garden while incorporating elements of the regional landscape and climate.

A garden is always in a state of change but the basic elements of trees, shrubs, rocks and water designed in natural balance create a peaceful, harmonious, and transcendental environment conducive to contemplation and meditation.

To read more about the Japanese Friendship garden and the elements of landscape design it uses, please click here.

An underlying theme like a Zen garden, or a tropical oasis is a good thing in landscape design, and is fairly customizable. Some themes can even be mixed and matched.  Be warned however, that you want to make sure that you aren’t mixing things that will overpower each other.

As to who would would hire a landscape design professional, there are some clear demographics.  Women are more likely to than men, upper middle class families and small businesses are more likely to hire than lower income families and corporations.

A beautiful landscape helps us to reset from the stress of life.  And one of the best first steps to take is to hire a professional with landscape design

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