Garden Details are the special touches that add individuality and grace to your garden. These touches can come from interesting plant combinations, beautiful carpentry or stonework, elegant paving patterns, garden art, water features, or colorful planters.
Paving comes in many forms such as natural stone, poured concrete, manufactured pavers, or loose gravels. Above, left to right: Classic steps made of natural variegated bluestone; contemporary-looking acid-etched concrete with Mexican black pebbles; and vibrant colored concrete with inset pavers.
Three types of small water features, left to right: a recirculating metal bowl, a bubbling urn, and a pondless waterfall. All of these have in-ground reservoirs. Above-ground fountains and open ponds are other options.
Plant combinations can rely as much on foliage colors and textures as they do on flower colors for stunning displays. Above, left to right: Rodgersia, Carex, and Heuchera make pretty patio edgers; a no-lawn front yard makeover gets vibrant color from heathers, penstemons, and lewisias; gold and purple foliage of hosta, 'Lemon Beauty' lonicera, and purple smokebush are a study in contrasts of both leaf size and color.
Material selection can be important in providing the finished look that you want. On the left, the low rock wall is made of carefully fitted Avison stone from a local quarry. The middle picture shows pergola rafters finished with distinctive Craftsman decorative cuts. The "floating" bench on the right is custom made of tropical ipe hardwood and backs up to a distinctive water feature.
Lighting, furniture, container plantings, and outdoor art can provide the finishing touches to your garden that reflect your personal style, from contemporary to classic to rustic. I can help you to locate these types of pieces after your design is completed.