Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall Colors

Previous Years October Glory Maples
Fall colors this year are strangely muted. Last year looked more like the October Glory Maples shown above, with vivid strokes of red erupting across the landscape. But this year subdued instances of yellow seem to predominate. Which is to say, Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall may continue their eternal cycle, but locally, plants will express the individuality of their climate and circumstances. 

Which is not to say there are not some flashes of brilliance out there. These Sioux Crape Myrtles, for instance, are showing some vigorous burgundy leaves at our Iles Farm.

As are our Autumn Blaze Maples.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Between a Rock and a Hardscape

Photo courtesy Joe Mabel CC BY-SA 3.0
This is not one of our landscape projects - Texas is a little out of our sphere of influence. It is an Asian Sculpture Garden at the Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas.

I include it here because I like it; but also because it highlights the use of decorative rocks in yardscape designs, something we have been doing for many customers over the years (see, e.g., here and here).

In that vain, herewith are photos of a recent hardscape bed planting project, which began with the grandaddy of all decorative rocks:

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