The Golden Hour Garden

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  By Sandra Nelson Embassy Landscape Group is eagerly anticipating the upcoming roll-out of its new website. Until then, we hope you will continue to join us as we revisit some of our favorite topics.   This article originally appeared 09/19/2018. Updated  9/21/2020     Every now and then it just so happens that you …

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Look Forward to Spring — Plant Bulbs Now

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By Sandra Nelson   Embassy Landscape Group is eagerly anticipating the upcoming roll-out of its new website. Until then, we hope you will continue to join us as we revisit some of our favorite topics.   This article originally appeared 11/02/2017. Updated  9/09/2020   As the last remnants of summer’s flowers are fading, it’s time …

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Plants For The Winter Landscape

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By Sandra Nelson Embassy Landscape Group is eagerly anticipating the upcoming roll-out of its new website. Until then, we hope you will continue to join us as we revisit some of our favorite topics.   This article originally appeared 11/26/2017. Updated  9/2/2020 It’s hard to think about wintertime when the grass is green, the flowers are …

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Beyond The Pond: Water Features For Today’s Lifestyle

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  By Sandra Nelson   It used to be that your choice in water features was limited to a fountain or a pond. While both  could be stunning, they didn’t always fit with the existing landscape or mesh with the environment. Today, there are all sorts of alternatives available, offering the perfect choice for any …

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Poolscaping — Transforming Average to Outstanding

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By Sandra Nelson   My daughter recently lamented that swimming pools are the new toilet paper this summer  —  not to be found anywhere. She moaned that she missed being outdoors, enjoying her surroundings and dangling her feet in the water while the kids splashed and played. Granted, she was talking about a kiddie pool …

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Right Plant, Right Place

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  We went from a yard that had rich, loamy soil and the perfect amount of gentle morning sun to living on top of a defunct rock quarry that sits in deep shade for most of the day until it roasts  in the worst hours of the midwest afternoon sun. Finding plants that survive in …

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 Establish A Community – Part 4: Ecological Function, Aesthetic Form

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  Our modern perceptions of what a beautiful landscape looks like are not really our own ideas. They were in large part shaped by English landscape artists of the 18th and 19th centuries. Their highly romanticized works interpreted for the public what landscape designers were providing for the wealthy upper class. Their paintings, like the …

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Establish A Community —    Part 3: Design Principles –  The Layered Look

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  The technique of planting in layers is neither new or revolutionary. For years, designers have considered the front, middle and back as layers in residential bed design, making sure that the three layers work together harmoniously. Rainer and West, co-authors of the book Planting in a Post Wild World, add an additional dimension to …

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