The client is an expert gardener but has little time to do the gardening at her residential property. She has high expectations and enjoys the unexpected, preferring unique plant arrangements and unusual and changing perennial groupings. Spring bulbs and summer annuals are changed each year with the color themes chosen by the client; however, the crew is given complete control over the choice of plants and layouts to surprise her and keep the landscape distinct and exquisite. She also loves to randomly buy plants and leave them for our crew to install without direction, challenging them to use their creativity to captivate her. Our crew never knows what unusual requests await them, so they must always be prepared.
Attention to Detail
Weekly maintenance is required at this property, which is filled with shade-loving perennials mixed with pockets of sun-drenched gardens, shrubs, and trees. All pruning and gardening are done by hand. The client likes little chemicals used. Trees and shrubbery are sprayed for IPM only when needed or to prevent regular disease issues like powdery mildew on serviceberries or black spots on roses.
All beds are cultivated regularly and dressed with hard-to-obtain cocoa bean shells. Due to constantly changing light conditions and several large trees continuing to grow bigger, pruning and transplanting is necessary throughout the year to give certain plants enough light to bloom and thrive and to maintain each garden’s health. The crabapple in front of the house is tied to train the branches to curl downwards to appear as an umbrella.
The fountain is maintained weekly using an organic bacteria program to keep the water clean and fresh. The hardscapes are treated and cleaned bi-weekly to prevent algae and other debris from leaving a dirty look in the shady yard. Irrigation systems are monitored constantly due to prevalent shade to prevent overwatering of the plantings.