3 Tips for Optimal Placement & Size of Outdoor Landscape Features

One of the biggest mistakes to make when designing outdoor living spaces is to plunk things down wherever it seems easiest. These seemingly easy or convenient spaces may be exactly the wrong places to install landscape elements that you hope to incorporate into regular use. This is what we call “feature-scaping” – a practice that includes installing outdoor landscape features where it’s the least costly or the most convenient for construction.

Traditional landscape companies are often guilty of feature-scaping. Without much consideration being given to how the homeowner will actually interact with this feature or space, chances are good the placement and installation will be less than satisfactory in the long run and consequently won’t get used much.

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3 Easy Ways to Integrate Indoor & Outdoor Spaces

Many homeowners are eager to add outdoor space to their property that integrates nicely with their home. Often this is a great way to expand a home and open up additional living space that flows easily from indoors to outdoors. So what’s the best way to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces so they work well together and are both attractive and functional? Start by thinking inside out. This will provide clues about how to integrate the two.  

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2 Questions to Ask Yourself before a Landscape Design Project

How do I design an outdoor space that is both beautiful and functional?

If you’re looking to create an outdoor space suitable for entertaining and relaxation, you should start by asking yourself two important questions. While these two questions may seem simple at first and easy to answer, often the real answers lie a little deeper and require some amount of reflection and effort.

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Good Garden Fences Make Good Landscape Neighbors

New Englanders have a love-hate relationship with walls and fences.  We want privacy, but we don’t want to offend.  We want connection with our neighbors, but not too much. Then we shy away from the cost of walls and fences and miss that great opportunity to build ourselves an inner sanctum of beauty and privacy.

In Robert Frost’s poem "Mending Wall" he clearly had the notion to take issue with walls or fences used for the sole purpose of claiming territory.  It was his neighbor who felt strongly that “good fences made good neighbors.”  Frost thought fences were good when one kept cows!

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How to Build a Walkway - Landscape Video Blog

How to Build a Walkway

The Garden Continuum's Design/Build Team finished up a patio project last week in Wellesley. In order to connect the new patio in the backyard, we installed a pea-stone walkway that connects the front of the house to the back patio. Check out the video and pictures below to see the process.

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