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Legacy Landscapes: The Art of Preservation and Conservation

There are few places in the United States with historical landscapes as rich and diversified as New England. Over the centuries since Europeans first set foot in the New World, the landscape has changed dramatically – from the pre-European open woodlands carefully maintained by the Native Americans to nurture biodiversity for food and shelter, to the thousands of miles of stonewalls and variety of cultivation of the early European settlers, to the recreational and residential landscapes of a growing middle and leisure class.

Today, virtually every New England community has landscapes connected to the past. Old farms from the 18th and 19th centuries, with their meadows, orchards, walls, and shade trees. Estates and facilities from the late 1800s featuring elegant drives and walkways, stately trees, and colorful gardens -- all elaborately designed to showcase the prosperity of the new industrial era.

With increasing environmental awareness there has also come a growing interest in preserving and conserving natural resources and landscapes. Wait a minute, you’re thinking, preserving and conserving? What’s the difference? The short answer is, plenty.

Topics: Ecological and Sustainable Landscapes Horticulture In The Garden

Tips for Choosing the Right Size Tree for Your Landscape

Deciduous trees are a versatile, attractive and dynamic element for use in any landscape design because they are powerful players in the environment. These are the trees that have a trunk below and a canopy above. They lose their leaves in winter and go through several changes over the seasons. They create habitat, define space, and offer screening and shade. They build character to the landscape with their many different textures and colors. There’s a wide variety to choose from in any planting zone allowing you to match size, shape and compatibility to your location and project.

Topics: Horticulture In The Garden Designing Gardens and Landscapes

Vines - Wisteria blossoming in May


This Wisteria floribunda was planted about three years before I met this Newton, MA client. The vine wasn't flowering well and was completely covering this small pergola structure. It had wound itself around the gutter and up into the window frame. After one year of aggressive pruning and training we have an amazing bloom this May.

Topics: Horticulture In The Garden Designing Gardens and Landscapes Seasonal Garden Interest

Is Your Landscape Full of DIRT?

Is Your Landscape Full of DIRT?

We all strive to be resilient in our lives by working toward improving our survival skills. That may come in the form of eating well, fitness training, or even gaining new employable skills. All living beings want to survive, plants are no different. So why do you think your plants suffer so much through dry spells?

Topics: Ecological and Sustainable Landscapes Horticulture In The Garden Landscape and Garden Maintenance

How to Renovate Perennial Gardens - Video


How to Renovate Perennial Gardens

Spring and fall are great times to start exploring edits to your perennial gardens! Whether you are looking to move and divide a few plants, add some much needed color, or renovate an entire garden bed, the cooler weather makes it an ideal time to redesign. This week, The Garden Continuum video blog discusses the perennial garden renovation process and shares some how-to tips to help you in your own gardens. Thanks for watching!

Topics: Home Landscape Ideas Gardens With A Theme Horticulture In The Garden Designing Gardens and Landscapes Landscape and Garden Maintenance

How much sun does your garden have?

To understand the available sun in your garden, map your shade.

Mapping the shade in your landscape is a very useful tool in landscape design. If you want to succeed in your garden endeavors, you are going to need to know where you have sun and where you don't.

Topics: Home Landscape Ideas Horticulture In The Garden Designing Gardens and Landscapes

Landscape Field Videos: How to Plant a Tree

How to Plant a Tree

Fall has arrived in New England! With the cooler weather upon us, planting season is in full swing. This week, The Garden Continuum demonstrates how to plant a tree. Check out the steps involved in the video below. We hope this season leaves you time to think about your own yard and what changes you want to make to it. Whether you planting trees, shrubs or transplanting perennials, Fall is the perfect time to plant!

Topics: Home Landscape Ideas Horticulture In The Garden Building A Better Landscape Business Landscape and Garden Maintenance

Learn How To Pick Plants For Your Landscape

FALL IS AN AMAZING TIME TO PLANT

As we move into the cooler, wetter weather of the autumn season, I encourage you to think about planting new plants in your landscape. Maybe you have been dreaming of a new perennial garden, or contemplating adding some late season or winter interest plants, or maybe you are just eager to fill that one blank spot in your landscape before the snow flies.

Topics: Home Landscape Ideas Horticulture In The Garden Designing Gardens and Landscapes

Landscape Field Videos: Maintaining an Urban Landscape

Maintaining an Urban Landscape: Challenges and Solutions

This week, The Garden Continuum's Installation Staff was down in Providence, RI working on a commercial property. TGC designed and installed the landscape which includes dozens of shrubs and trees, multiple walkways and sitting areas, and large perennial and annual beds. Since this property houses many businesses and hundreds of cars and people, we are presented with a variety of landscape challenges. Below, we highlight a few of the challenges we face when maintaining a landscape in an urban environment. Perhaps you face some of these challenges on your own property. If you are interested in seeing more images of the property, check them out below the video.

Topics: Horticulture In The Garden Building A Better Landscape Business Landscape and Garden Maintenance Commercial and Public Landscapes

How to plant a shrub - Landscape Tips Field Videos

HOW TO PLANT A SHRUB

The Garden Continuum's Install Team demonstrates how to plant a shrub. On this particular property, TGC had renovated the garden beds the previous year. For this landscape project, the team is planting six Deutzia gracilis 'Nikko'. The flower has passed but take a look below at how prolific the plant is in full bloom! Like most plants, Deutzia likes to be in the right location. For more information on understanding the sun in your garden, check out "How much sun does your garden have?"

Topics: Home Landscape Ideas Horticulture In The Garden Landscape and Garden Maintenance