Friday, July 29, 2011

Boxwood of the week - #12

I had this image flagged for outdoor lighting, but decided the image deserved to be saved for the boxwood of the week.

image by Alexander Bailhache of the Chateau de Marqueyssac.

And some additional images from the Chateau Website.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hinkley Landscape Lighting Crush

So yesterday when looking for a copy of the Hinkley advertisement of the railing I want to use as a fence, I stumbled across that they also do landscape lighting and are headquartered in Cleveland (hello Ohio neighbor). I immediately ordered a catalog and bookmarked all my favorite products ready to install for clients and at our display gardens.

What is wonderful about Hinkley lighting is they are not to the trade only. You can go to local showrooms and see and purchase the products. However with landscape lighting (besides sconces for the house) I highly recommend you use a professional. Almost any house can add landscape lighting, however it is tricky.

Here are some photos from their campaign that are so inspiring and hopefully soon I can provide a product review.

Here are my favorite styles of lights from the outdoor collection. mixture of path lights and sconces. 

Here is a selection of images from their outdoor collection. The styling is wonderful.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Garden Gates and Fences

I have been thinking about garden gates as we plan to fence in our backyard for James. We have fence on three of the four sides already, so just need to connect across the front from the sides to the house. this short distance provides us with some flexibility to be creative on the fence design since it is a short distance and will be visible from the front of the house. Here are a variety of gates (and some fences) I have been storing for inspiration. 

This gate mimics a front door with the windows and size. Surrounded by the privet hedge, there is no guessing where the entrance is located.
Image from House & Garden

This gate adds height with the arbor and the surrounding fence. The large grid does not provide privacy, but would be great for adding a climbing rose/etc.
Image - not sure location.
This gate is surrounded in brick and speaks to a secret garden.
Image House & Garden
A double hinged gate allows for a larger entrance space when opening up the yard for parties etc.
This fence also uses a grid compared to traditional pickets.
Image from House & Garden
A traditional picket fence and gate. When looking for classic, you cannot not miss with this design.
Image from unknown. 
This is not of a gate, but could be easily converted into a gate design. The pickets on the right are traditional, but switch styles of round close to the steps to become railing. The mix of styles between fences provides more interest.
Image from Pink Wallpaper.
This fence from Nantucket mixes the ceder shakes with a white gate. The center open area gives you a peek of what is on the other side. In this case the ocean.
Image from Flickr.
Another more traditional style gate, but you can see with the posts and treatment of the cross supports can have a variety looks.
Image from Martha Stewart.
Ok this is not a fence or gate, however when I saw this image I thought it would be the perfect fence. Modern in design, but still with a nod to the class white picket fence. Plus the metal grates would allow of plants to grow between. This might be the winner for my house, but we will see.
Image from Hinkley Lighting

Monday, July 25, 2011

Landscape Lighting - Greg Yale

Landscape lighting can dramatically change the appearance of a house and landscape and is so much more than lighting a walkway or carriage lamps. Up/down lighting on a house can highlight wonderful details and shapes typically lost in the dark (and even daylight). While lighting landscape elements can make artwork out of trees, walls and structures for you to enjoy from outside as well as in your home. Greg Yale is a master at landscape lighting and has done some wonderful installations. If you are on the fence about the impact of landscape lighting, just look at these images of his work and you will be converted.
Up lighting trees down a driveway. 

Greg designed these outdoor floor lamps which make a great bridge from indoors to out. 
The stairs are lit, as well elements in the background. I also love the stonework and chopped wood wall. 
Up lighting on a stone wall (ledge stone in retaining wall cages), plus the focal point and pathway are also lit. 
Same wall, with additional "twinkle" lights. 
Example of lighting an architectural element can transform the shape in the evening. 
showcasing a tree as a sculpture that would normally be missed even in the daylight. 

Friday, July 22, 2011

Boxwood of the week (plus) - #11

It has been a few weeks since I have been around on a Friday, so I am past due on a boxwood of the week. This week it will be more than one image of boxwoods, but a wonderful small landscape featured on Southern Living designed by Marquette Clay. There are details and tips for small garden design on the Southern Living site, so please go there for additional details. My favorite detail is the gravel driveway with center turf. It is hard to do in Central Ohio when snow and ice come, but perfect for southern gardeners.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Galvanized Stock Tank Veggie Garden

We planted a veggie garden for a client this year using three 10 foot long galvanized stock tanks. These containers are placed on an irrigation drip line to help with the watering needs and are placed in a gravel bed for easy harvesting. Will make a trip out to get photos of the containers full planted.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Refreshing Containers

I have been lucky to have the same clients from year to year, and a benefit from our relationship is being able to provide something new and different every year. Here are some examples of containers that we refreshed between the years. 

Aged Metal Cast Urn 
Spring 2011
This year we did large agave with trailing Silver Falls, Dichordra in this client's urns. These containers are very large, so every year we look for plants that will play off that height. We will take the agave inside for the winter so they can be used again, maybe with a different trailer or in a different container. 
While this year we used silver gray plants, last year we used dramatic dark plants. This photo was taken later in the season when the plants had more time to mature. We used a Pink Stripe Phormium, Silver Shield Plectranthus, and a burgundy Coleus.

 Small Glazed Containers
Last time I will ever show this project- I PROMISE. However I realized I had photos from the past three years of the containers at the front door and it is a great example of how to change it up year to year. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Looking for Shade

The back of my house gets limited shade in the summer months, and with this heat wave I have been looking into options for shading the lounge area. I think we will use a shade sail as a temporary option, but would love to have something more structural. In the meantime I will draw inspiration from these great shady areas. 

Tall allee of trees provide the best shade.
Image from Arch. Digest.
Arbors provide wonderful shade and structure with less time to mature like the  trees.
Planting a climbing wisteria will also provide color.
Image from Martha Stewart
I love how modern this arbor feels, white and streamlined. The wide top grid will not provide enough shade in my yard, but if I add shade sails between would be perfect.
Image from

Friday, July 15, 2011

McCullough's on DesignSponge!!

Yesterday McCullough's Landscape & Nursery was featured on Designsponge with a garden before and after. Very excited to have exposure for all the great work the McCullough's team has done and read all the positive feedback on our work.

Within the comments there is a lot of back and forth on removing the turf in the back yard for hardscapes. In this case the total yard is 1500 square feet. That could sound like a lot, but that is spread around the entire house which leaves only as much space for a walkway on one side. Also this home is within a community that offers plenty of public greenspace for its residents. What this project allowed was for the homeowner to use the space outside his home after work and longer thoughout the year with the addition of the fireplace.

Thank you to Designsponge for the kind words!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Private Gardens of Connecticut - details

Here are some detail images from Private Gardens of Connecticut by Jane Garmey and all photographs by John M. Hall.
Stone fountain covered in algae. The delicate plant is papyrus.
Boxwoods in urns flank an opening in the hedge. 
Clipped Hornbeam within a boxwood parterre.
A natural waterfall with ferns, evergreens and moss.
Large azalea (purple) with Peonies and a stone wall in the foreground.
Boxwoods in turf used as sculpture. 
Mixture of Hostas with Hakonechloa.