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15 Tips & Tricks to Help Prepare Your Commercial Landscape for Summer and Winter Months

For many businesses located in regions that experience seasonal extremes, such as New England, landscape design for commercial properties can present a particularly vexing challenge. What’s the best way to design and maintain a landscape that can not only provide a vibrant, colorful environment during the summer months but also easily handle the snow loads and bleak conditions of winter that most commercial properties experience?

Topics: Seasonal Garden Interest Commercial and Public Landscapes

Shade Gardens

Shade Gardens - Flowers Accent a Lush Landscape

This garden in Wellesley, Mass uses all manner of plants to make this landscape into a lush display of color. The carpet of green grass is surrounded by blooming trees and shrubs as well as flowering perennials and ground covers. The success of this vista is in the composition of structure and texture. By mixing woody ornamental plants in with herbaceous plants a spectacular dance ensues that draws you in. Off to the right - just outside the frame of this image - is a sturdy hammock just beckoning for a visit. Can you imagine a rest filled afternoon amidst this garden?

Topics: Home Landscape Ideas Gardens With A Theme Designing Gardens and Landscapes Seasonal Garden Interest

Annuals Garden Landscaping Ideas

Annual Gardens - Fall Interest Plants for your Planters

There is nothing more beautiful than a planter refreshed with fall blooming annuals. Late summer can bring on a ratty look with those summer annuals. Why not enliven the planter display with the addition of mums, kale, pansies, and even some hardy perennials.

Topics: Landscape and Garden Maintenance Seasonal Garden Interest

Garden Ponds

Garden Ponds - Cherry Blossoms & Water

This Franklin, Mass pond is roughly 1800 gallons with a header pond and double spillway. The sounds of water and early spring peepers make this pond a dominating feature in the landscape.

Topics: Home Landscape Ideas Seasonal Garden Interest Water In The Landscape

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

Garden Walkways & Paths Ideas

Walks & Paths - Oversizing Makes your Statement

This beautiful Medfield, Mass home needed a front face lift. By mimicking the white brick front in the risers of the stoop and capping the steps in bluestone, the color and feel of the house comes right out into the landscaple. 

The oversized walkway landing makes the front of this home inviting and grand. The serpentine walk takes the visitor through beautiful gardens making the approach to the house a joyful experience.

Topics: Hardscape Features In The Landscape Designing Gardens and Landscapes Seasonal Garden Interest

Perennials - How to deadhead a Daylily

How to deadhead a Daylily

Yesterday, I spent an hour as the sun went down deadheading my daylilies. It was a gloriously quiet hour of reflection as I repeated the same action over and over to clean up these powerhouse plants.

Topics: Gardens With A Theme Landscape and Garden Maintenance Seasonal Garden Interest

How to Divide Ornamental Grasses

How to Divide Ornamental Grasses

The Garden Continuum is back in action and excited for the 2012 gardening season! This week we wanted to video blog about ornamental grasses. We love to incorporate grasses in the landscape but over time they can become overgrown and less attractive. Spring is a great time to dig them up and divide. Check out the video below for some how-to tips.

Topics: Home Landscape Ideas Gardens With A Theme Designing Gardens and Landscapes Landscape and Garden Maintenance Seasonal Garden Interest

5 Must Do Landscape Tasks for the Spring Garden

The chill in the air is back, but spring is here.

This means there is work to do outside. If you wait until the picture perfect spring weather, you might find yourself with more work than you can accomplish in the time left before plants explode with growth. It is way easier to rake a garden when the perennials aren't up, but some of you may be finding that your plants got a big boost from the 80 degree weather two weeks ago. That's OK. Remember to keep an eye out while raking and steping around in your garden beds.

Topics: Home Landscape Ideas Landscape and Garden Maintenance Seasonal Garden Interest

Landscape Field Videos: How to Fertilize Annuals

How to Fertilize Annuals

Summer annuals have a short growing season in New England so it's important to fertilize regularly in order to get the best performance from your investment. This week, The Garden Continuum's Fine Gardening Division demonstrates how to fertilize annuals. We use organic fertilizers that allow us to feed our annuals more frequently because they have less Nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P) and potassium (K). This is better for the environment because there is less NPK waste and therefore little to no fertilizer runoff affecting the environment.  In other words, we provide the plants with what they need instead of wasting fertilizer that they will never utilize. Check out the video below!

Topics: Landscape and Garden Maintenance Seasonal Garden Interest Container Gardening