Praise the Landscape Architect
July 22, 2009
Allan in Garden Designers, Landscape Architects, Musings on Gardening, Swimming Pool Gardens

I just finished planting a garden to surround a swimming pool. I hope to have pictures for my readers as soon as the client permits me to photograph the property. I came away from this project with a great sense of fulfillment because the landscape architect that had drawn up the master plan had given me generously sized flower beds to work in. These beds had been strategically placed to look their best from any spot in the outdoor living space.

Because each flower bed is located in a different area of the garden, I was able to use a different theme for each one. A Zen-type garden was planted around a wind sculpture. A rose garden was placed off to one side of the property. A perennial sun garden flanks another side of the pool, while a strip of ornamental grasses and ferns runs the length of the pool on the far side.

I have come away from this project with a great sense of accomplishment, especially since the client is so pleased with the results. However, my expertise alone is not responsible for this success; the layout determined by the landscape architect is a critical contributing factor. The home owner was wise to consult us both.

The landscape architect creates outdoor living spaces complete with patio, deck, pool, paths and pergola. This professional also designates the location of trees, lawns, shrubs and suggest only those few severely disciplined perennials that do not detract from the overall vision. Green is the most frequently used color in a landscape architect’s design. And that is where my job as a garden designer begins. In the flower beds, I introduce as much color and as many flowers as the clients need to make them happy. Unlike the landscape architects who restrict their flowers to Hosta, Daylilies, Astilbe and ground cover, my choices of plants, colors and textures are limited only by my imagination.

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