The Best of Newtown: 3 Inspiring Yards

3 Inspiring Newtown Landscape Ideas

Welcome to Newtown.

Newtown, PA has seen the PLANT-touch on many of its backyards. We decided to give you a peek into a few of the designs, the details, and the inspiration behind the project.


PROJECT Goal: Create an entryway with color and formality

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Key Elements

Bluestone, Pink Astilbe


PROJECT Goal: Redesign a walkway on a budget

For this project, we had to remove the old square walkway and sunken front porch, and redesign an entry with a grand 6’ wide walkway to match the scale of the house and cover the old concrete stoop with steps and pavers... all on a budget. 

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On a budget

6' wide new walkway


PROJECT Goal: Back Deck Dreaming

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Back Deck

For those spending time on their back deck, we provided and planted these pots with a mix of perennials and annuals to provide color variation and interest all summer long. 

So, what's your vision?

We love to start with ideas, goals, and backyard transformations, bringing them into your reality - no matter how complex it may seem. Do you have a project in mind? Let's talk about how we can design and build your outdoor spaces into memory makers for your friends and family.
 

The Best of Yardley: 3 Inspiring Yards

3 Inspiring Yardley Landscape Ideas

Welcome to Yardley.

Yardley, PA has seen the PLANT-touch on many of its backyards. We decided to give you a peek into a few of the designs, the details, and the inspiration behind the project.


PROJECT Goal: TRANSFORM the front yard with a garden

We don't often find ourselves working only in the front yard - but this was a perfect opportunity to beautify the home with a front yard garden. The homeowner wanted low maintenance plants and a great view from the front porch.

One secret to great design is to look from your point of view! It's not all about how people see it from the road, but how you want to experience the world from your porch or living room! (Shhh... don't tell people, this is one of our secrets.)

We designed what was once a bare lawn with rocks into a tranquil space to relax in, with great front porch views. Our featured plants were hydrangeas, nepita, schip laurel, and galium.  The beautiful mix of blue, purple, and white make a great all-seasons experience.


PROJECT Goal: Create an intimate patio with a timeless entryway that kept the backyard a private space.

Intimacy. We love that word around our landscape projects. We designed a no-maintenance backyard getaway with an intimate fire pit that was totally secluded from the outside world by instant screening to surround and create a private room

A gorgeous Western Red Cedar Arbor draws you in as you wander across bluestone steps into the yard. The surprise? An outdoor living space right off of the back patio surrounded by a palette of blues, grays, and greens.

Can you come over? Maybe... but you could also make your own.


PROJECT Goal: Save the existing tree roots by creating a raised boardwalk.

Majestic Katsura Trees were here before us - and the homeowner wanted this valuable part of the environment to stay. So we designed concrete piers and engineered around the existing roots to allow a raised boardwalk through the yard to a private pool and patio area. 

This low maintenance design gives a clear pathway from the house to the pool, so you can enjoy mud-free swimming and coming and going from the house as you enjoy the yard and pool.

The timeless treasure? This wooden look will weather into a grey colored raised boardwalk - becoming one with the landscape.

So, what's your vision?

We love to start with ideas, goals, and backyard transformations, bringing them into your reality - no matter how complex it may seem. Do you have a project in mind? Let's talk about how we can design and build your outdoor spaces into memory makers for your friends and family.
 

5 tips to prepare for spring

Get ready for spring!

5 simple tips to help you be prepared.

Spring is rapidly approaching us. With it, the feeling of joy for making it through the winter, and the excitement about enjoying time with family and friends outside.

So, let's make sure your yard is ready for spring. Here's a few tips from our experts here at PLANT - and, as always, feel free to reach out so we can help you plan your backyard transformation.

Tip #1: Do research ahead of time

Before you step out the door, take some time to do some research. Are you going to be adding new plants? You will need to know the right time to plant them. You will also want to figure out how big they will grow and if you are going to have the right space for them.

Are you planning on hiring help or going solo? Your local nursery or garden center would be a good place to get the inside scoop (no, that's not a pun about mulch) on the local contractors you can trust.

Tip #2: Get some fresh inspiration

Think about redesigning your landscape and explore your options online and in your local community. Hardscaping is an amazing way to change the look around your home. From fencing, patios, outdoor living areas. Feel free to get inspired and take a chance on transforming your space this summer.

Is there a childhood memory of a special place that you would like to share with your kids? Why not remake it in your backyard. From things as simple as putting up a tire swing on the big tree, to making fun walkways through the yard, or designing a deck to host parties - get some fresh inspiration!

Tip #3: Prep the beds

In order to get the fullest blooms and ensure your soil is ready for spring, you need to get your flower beds ready. Pull weeds out of your flower beds whenever you see them and once the ground thaws you can put fertilizer around your trees and shrubs. You can also add mulch around the base of your plants and trees and fill in the bare spots on your yard.

Just keep the 'main three' in mind: pull weeds, fertilize, and mulch.

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Tip #4: Prep tools

Many home owners forget to get their tools ready. This means sharpening your blade on your lawn mower and making sure your rake and spades are clean and ready to go. Make sure any wood handles aren't splintered - that's a sure way to suck the joy out of your first sunny day outside! Get your gardening gloves clean. Make sure that once its warm enough you also check your irrigation system to see that that is working.

Trust us, we can tell you from experience that when the weather breaks and you are ready to use your tools, you are going to be happy that you got them cleaned and ready!

Tip #5: Clean up winter debris

Throughout the winter, different debris will pile up in your yard. Sticks will fall off trees, and leaves will cover the ground. You can get your yard in order by cleaning this up and simply getting it out of the way.

Early spring is a good time to trim your trees and bushes as well. Cut off any broken or dead branches and prune the shape of the tree early one so that you begin to share it the way that you want.

The final step is the one that both of us are waiting for... spring sunshine! Call your local landscape and design experts here at PLANT if you have any questions along the way. We would love to help you transform your background into a memory-making space for your friends and family.  

EXPOSED: 5 myths about fall landscaping

Many people think that landscaping and planting is best when done in the early spring. Here are 5 myths exposed about fall landscaping! Thankfully Shady Brook Farm’s experts at PLANT are here to help your planting and landscaping get done right!

 
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Truth:

Roots take time. Planting in the fall will give your plants time for their roots to develop and become established so that the spring will produce the vibrant shrubs and perennials you envisioned! Make sure you keep watering until it freezes so that your plants do not dry out or get winter burn.


 
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Truth:

Spring lawns depend on Fall maintenance. Fall weather is the best weather for seeding and aerating your lawn. As the ground temperature drops, the percentage of seeds that germinate also drop - so aeration helps loosen soil so that grass roots can have access to the air and water needed for growth.


 
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Truth:

Cool afternoons in the autumn weather are amazing! What is better than enjoying a cool afternoon with friends and family on the patio, deck, or around the firepit? It’s a great time to design and build your dream backyard.


 
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Truth:

More time could mean more damage, and more costly repairs. Fall is a great time to inspect sidewalks and patios for cracks, broken pavers, or to re-apply sand and fix any damages. If you wait, water and dirt may freeze over the winter in cracks, which causes the space to expand and cause greater damages.


 
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Truth:

Well, if we are honest, the cool temperatures are our favorite times to work! We love transforming backyards in the fall so you can enjoy the outdoors now, and start your backyard picnics as soon as Spring arrives!


Summer Nights

Summer Nights...Design the Perfect Space

Now that summer is in full swing it’s time to enjoy late sunsets and spending time outdoors waiting on the fireflies to perform their nightly light show. Summer nights rekindle many beloved memories from our childhood, remind us of the mysteries of deep space, and give us that extra time to spend with those we love. Here are three tips to transform your outdoor space into the perfect place to enjoy summer nights:

Design for others

One of our favorite summer activities is hosting friends and family in our backyards. Keep others in mind as you design your space to ensure there is sufficient space for people to gather, as well as to break off from the big group. Special nooks, smartly placed large rocks, and inviting patios can serve to facilitate the fun memories or long-kept secrets!

Design for time

Summer nights in the backyard usually mean more time spent in the backyard. So think about the types of experiences you want to have. Should there be a fire pit to enjoy after the moon comes out or a patio to enjoy a glass of wine? Be intentional about where your seating areas are and the views of the landscape from those places.

Design for tomorrow

Transforming your outdoor space is as exciting for us as it is for you. So don’t just think about what you want now, think about tomorrow. And the year after that. Will it need to accommodate a graduation party, a retirement celebration, or a rehearsal dinner? Think about all the memories you will create, and don’t just design for ‘now’ and forget about ‘later.’

Let’s dream, design, and build together. Give us a call at 215-321-5678 and we’ll meet you at your place… or stop by and see us at Shady Brook Farm.

More Than Curb Appeal...

At PLANT DESIGN GROUP, we believe landscape design is about more than curb appeal.

With a well-crafted outdoor space, you can step outside your house and reconnect with your family, your neighbors, or yourself. But you don’t have to take our word for it, researchers Texas A&M University analyzed dozens of academic studies to see how landscaping affects our lives. Here are just a few of the benefits they discovered:

  1. Stronger Relationships - Multiple studies revealed that people who spend extended lengths of time outside and around plants tend to have better relationships with others. When we are outside, free from the distractions, we are able to connect with the people we care about.

  2. More Energy - It was also clear that, spending time in natural environments increases energy levels and feelings of vitality. The studies also revealed a large positive effect on overall mental health.

  3. Better Communities - Finally, the research showed that when one home is committed beautifying their landscaping, it sets off a cycle of self-improvement that has positive ripple effects outwards to all sectors of the community.

To talk to our designers about creating an outdoor space for your lifestyle call our team at PLANT at 215-321-5678 and schedule your free consultation.