Whether you set out to create an elaborate landscape design or one that is quite simple you always begin with the end in mind. By the end I mean you create an outdoor space that accommodates your lifestyle and your ability to maintain the landscape you crafted.
This past summer I worked with Jennifer** at her spacious home in the St. Johns neighborhood of North Portland. Her stunning 1927 English home is set on a corner double lot and stands tall. It has bold features and mature trees with a meandering walk that leads around the front yard. The back is fenced in and quite private.
I initially contracted with Jennifer to perform some maintenance work. This was a great opportunity to learn about the property and give consideration to the existing landscape. What I discovered was a challenge that is quite prevalent with older properties.
Over time the home had been inhabited by different people and each one had put their fingerprints on the landscape. The end result being a landscape that as I like to say “spoke several different languages,” meaning the plants didn’t make sense together. The turf was cumbersome to maintain, it wasn’t efficient to mow and the flow from one section of the lawn to another was out of sorts. However most important, the landscape was imposing its will on Jennifer and not in rhythm with her life style.
I spoke with Jennifer about making some design adjustments to ease the maintenance routine, be more in line with how she aimed to utilize her property and freshen up the look of the landscape and add to the curb appeal.
About the design process Jennifer said, “I think what I like most about Patrick’s process is how he asks you questions about how you live in your space, then gets an idea and works with you from there to create a truly personalized, unique space that will live with you and your lifestyle.”
When we discussed plants Jennifer relayed that she was interested in plants that not only had aesthetic value but also could bring something to the kitchen. In addition to plants like Caryopteris ‘Dark Knight’ for late summer color, Blue Crop Blueberry shrubs were selected for a full sun planting bed in the front of the residence and added to concrete planters on the front steps. The Blue Crop not only has a nice shape, color and texture, but of course also provides delicious berries.
The end result of this design was a landscape that was more efficient to maintain, contained plants with seasonal interest and fruiting, but also draws attention to the mature trees already existing on the property.
Jennifer was satisfied with the outcome of this design. She said, “Patrick has a great artistic eye that he applies to a living canvas. I could not be happier with his design and plant suggestions for my project, I don’t know much about gardening and he was very patient with me and was very nice about explaining each item and got sample pictures for me to help with the decision-making process.”
A satisfied client is always the goal of Wheel & Barrow Landscape. If you are in need of a landscape design to update an existing landscape or a brand new landscape contact us and let’s create a design to make you the envy of all your neighbors.
** Jennifer requested that her full name be withheld for this blog, but she is happy to speak personally with anyone interested in learning about her experience with Wheel & Barrow Landscape.