Should You Hire a Landscape Designer?

 


Article by: Harriet Hodgson

Gardening isn't one of my talents. I'm Mrs. Blackthumb and every plant , Home for a Gnome? I touch dies immediately or goes into shock and dies slowly. So when we moved into our present home, , Growing a Sustainable Garden! which was devoid of landscaping, , Oregano: Joy of the Mountain I hired a landscape , Growing a Sustainable Garden! designer. The designer , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (part 9) Experiment asked some important questions.

His first question was "How do you want the garden , Annuals - 5 Easy To Grow Flowers to look?" I had never thought about this. "I want the garden , Want Curb Appeal - Play Dress-up to look like a children's book illustration," I answered. "I want an old-fashioned garden , Gallica Roses filled with flowers. , The Protea Family (Proteaceae) "

"What colors , Choosing A Landscape Contractor do you like?" the designer , Everything You need to Know to Set up Your Square Foot Garden asked. "Well, the house , Gardening Basics: Inspecting Your Soil is pale gray," I said, "I would like flowers , Growing Vegetables and Fruit by Organic Gardening that go with with that color. , Finding the Best Pond Pumps " We walked around the small yard , Choosing the Right Lawn Mower as we talked. Our conversation and site visit were all the designer , How to Grow Apples needed. He drew up a plan, , Choosing A Landscape Contractor I approved it, and several weeks later two trucks pulled up in front of the house. , The Most Popular Flower Fragrances

A mother and her children interrupted their walk to watch the landscaping , Home Etiquette "show." Planting the shrubs , Gardening for Wildlife and flowers , Using Garden Decor For a Complete Garden took an entire day. The flower , Gardening for Wildlife beds were outlined, the plants , Tidy Your Garden Up Cheaply were positioned, and then set into the ground. By sunset, the yard , A Guide To Landscape Bridges was totally transformed. There is always something blooming in the garden. , Organic ing - The Pros And Cons

We have hydrangea, hosta, some type of geranium (I don't remember the name) and succulents. , Using Hydrogen Peroxide in Your Hydroponics Gardening System The Dianthus along the front steps are the first plants , A Guide To Japanese Gardens to come up in the spring. , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (part 9) Experiment Wispy gray-green stems appear first and they blossom into a riot of pink. , Growing a Sustainable Garden! I love the Nearly Wild roses , A Guide To Landscape Bridges (that is their name) by the bottom step. These hardy roses , Creativity with Ponds are charming and really look nearly wild.

Darker pink , Let Life and Energy Flow from the Garden chrysanthemums bloom in the fall , A Guide To Japanese Gardens and the flame bushes by the front door , Are You New To Organic Gardening provide a final touch of color , Gardening for Wildlife before winter , Finding the Best Pond Pumps comes. The garden , How to Use Ornaments was planted 12 years ago and we have not changed anything. Oh, there was a scruffy pine tree , Annuals - 5 Easy To Grow Flowers in the back yard , Teak Umbrella : Add the Final Touch to Your Patio when we arrived and it developed some sort of blight. We replaced this tree , The Zoo-Doo Man - Or How to Make the Best Compost in the World! with a flowering , Planting Tomatoes in Your Garden apple called Spring , Home for a Gnome? Snow.

Should you hire a landscape , Testing Your Soil designer? Yes! First, the designer , Choosing the Right Lawn Mower had the vision to turn my hazy description of a garden , Organic ing - The Pros And Cons into reality. Second, he knew which plants , Secrets To Beautiful Shade Gardens were deer resistant (herds gallop through the back yard) and which plants , Tidy Your Garden Up Cheaply could survive a Minnesota winter. , Annuals - 5 Easy To Grow Flowers Third, most nurseries guarantee their plants , Gardening for Wildlife for two years and we have taken advantage of this guarantee.

When people ask where I live and I give them directions they say, "Oh, you're the house , Choosing the Right Lawn Mower with all the flowers. , Abatement Failure and Aborting Protocols " And more flowers , Butterfly House in the Garden have been added. The designer , Want Curb Appeal - Play Dress-up left space for bedding plants , Oregano: Joy of the Mountain and each year I plant , Gardening for Wildlife something different: purple petunias, yellow and purple pansies, striped violas, or red geraniums. Cars slow down - even stop - to look at the flowers. , The Most Popular Fragrances

I may be Mrs. Blackthumb, but I love my garden. , Growing Asparagus In the long run, hiring a landscape , Abatement Failure and Aborting Protocols designer saved me money. He planned the garden , Soil Plus Compost Equals Lush Healthy Plants to fit the house, , Teak Umbrella : Add the Final Touch to Your Patio chose plants , Growing Vegetables and Fruit by Organic Gardening for my geographic zone, and gave me a garden , Using Decor For a Complete Garden that changed with the seasons. , Want Curb Appeal - Play Dress-up A landscape , Planting Your Garden designer can do the same for you.

Copyright 2006 by Harriet Hodgson
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Harriet Hodgson has been a nonfiction writer for 27 years and is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists. Her 24th book, "Smiling Through Your Tears: Anticipating Grief," written with Lois Krahn, MD is available from http://www.amazon.com A five-star review of the book is posted on Amazon. You'll find another review on the American Hospice Foundtion website under the "School Corner" heading.

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