Category: Design

Sep 3

See your landscape at any time with the addition of landscape lighting Lighting can quickly create a sense of drama in your design. Good landscape lighting can highlight the existing design and show off plant features from new angles. Quantity, spacing and placement of your light fixtures have an effect on the mood and function…

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Sep 3

Making space for flowers that bloom at different times of year can enhance the passing of time. Color is emotional. Whether it’s sprinkled around an open space or encouraged into a full color explosion, color has an impact on our mood and influences our perception of a space. When thinking about your landscape, consider the…

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Jul 7

Personal Space. There are few things more precious than having a private space to relax, stretch out in, breathe in, and just be yourself.  I caught up with two of our designers, Erin Spencer and Jill Zimmerman to display some Native Edge favorites for creating a green retreat that suit your space, are responsible for…

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May 5

The path is one of the oldest forms of design, an escort for the new, a guide for the lost, a practical direction in and out of a space. It’s an instruction manual with no words. Go this way. That is the influence of spatial design. My favorite aspect of design is that everything, every little…

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Feb 3

Designing a landscape is more than just being outside, it’s creating a view and a feeling that carries into your house. As the season brings us warmer weather, invite us to come join you and create a space that can transform your home for years to come. Are you ready to extend your home? Contact…

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Dec 2

These modest homeowners were looking for drainage solutions, low maintenance plantings, and an entertainment space they could enjoy outside. Mowing the grass had been a pain in the past, so with this design we decided to remove it entirely. Instead, more native grasses were utilized to take in water and reduce erosion. A new fence modernized and updated the space and allowed the interior of the backyard to be leveled providing more opportunities for design elements like a floating bench and custom built fire pit.

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Oct 4

With rapid development continuing to take effect in Austin, it’s not often we get to work with a gem like this four-unit complex built in the 1930’s. That’s back when the Mueller Airport just opened their doors, Austin mainly composed of downtown, East Austin, and the UT campus, and Hyde Park was considered the suburbs.

For our client it was important to create a garden that included areas for gathering and entertaining in a style that harmonized with the existing architecture. He not only wanted to create a cohesive scheme for the entire complex, but create a space for him and his residents to enjoy, as he also lived on the property.

The design took on a Mediterranean feel with xeric plantings like rosemary and olive, decomposed granite, and numerous terra cotta pots. A new outdoor kitchen with deck and storage solutions, as well as a water feature that tied in with the existing rock work, helped create that tuscan-feel with added style and warmth. We finished it off with a compact zoysia lawn, so passersby can sit and relax under a lacebark elm.

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Aug 1

This past month as I was skimming through the vast catalogues of pinterest boards and  landscape portfolios I came across a simple, but wonderfully executed, blog called Drawn to Garden by Erin Lau. After looking through her website I felt compelled to try out my artistic chops and create a perspective drawing (shown below) following the guide she laid out in her blog…

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Feb 5

It’s February, and that means the season for romance is finally upon us. While a bouquet of roses might easily impress, when it comes to landscaping, in my opinion, there’s nothing more romantic than a trellis. Big and small, wood and wiring, here’s my list (in no particular order) for the top ten trellis designs…

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Nov 6

All too often designers need to be reminded not to focus on form over function. However, in order to truly have complete functionality within a space one must think creatively otherwise it would be impossible to achieve. When we were given this project back in February we knew it was going to be a challenge. Before,…

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