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Cleverly Designed Outdoor Rooms for Entertaining

An open-air room allows you to bask in beautiful weather while relaxing and entertaining as if you were in the comfort of your home. Designing an outdoor room is much like designing any other space of the home, except the inspiration and backdrop is your landscape.

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Here are some inspiring design ideas for creating delightful outdoor rooms that are just as aesthetically pleasing as they are comfortable and convenient.

A custom stone slab waterfall and a stunning stone fire pit make for a uniquely beautiful outdoor room. Built-in wooden benches make it easy to get cozy with friends and family by the fire.

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This picturesque hardscape design features a patio, chimney fireplace, and tiered retaining walls that create privacy while offering opportunities to bring colorful plantings upwards.

A creative lighting scheme that includes underlighting beneath built-in benches gently illuminate an outdoor dining room to set the mood with a gorgeous glowing ambiance.

A covered porch creates a 4-season space that allows you to feel comfortably protected while in nature. This transitional eclectic covered porch brings style, entertainment, and great views of the surrounding landscape all under one roof.

A water feature or outdoor sound system can be used to produce a pleasant auditory experience that adds to the environment and masks traffic or other unsettling sounds.

A little running water makes an elegant outdoor room all the more charming and enjoyable, while in another example, a creative water feature doubles as a concrete dining table.

Outdoor rooms are not only for homeowners with big backyards. This rooftop retreat is a prime example of the outdoor room design possibilities for urban abodes. Plenty of plants and warm wood create a space that combines the serenity of nature with fantastic cityscape views.

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Source: Lifescape Colorado via Houzz

With winter waning and spring on its way, it’s a wonderful time to think about how hard your yard is working for you. Our team here at Lifescape would love to help extend your living space beyond the walls of your home with a smart and chic outdoor room design. Contact Lifescape in Colorado to learn more about our services.

Integrate Aromatic Plants Into Your Landscape

Landscape design is a holistic endeavor, orchestrated to provide stimulation and pleasure for all of the senses. Often, amateur designers place the largest emphasis on looks, without taking the other senses into consideration. With the right attention to detail, you can integrate landscaping elements that provide pleasing sounds, tangible delights, fruits, and vegetables to please the palate, as well as herbs and blooms that integrate pleasing aromas.

Plant These Aromatic Plants for Gardens and Landscapes

Every time the breeze blows or a flower opens you have the opportunity to enjoy intoxicating fragrances – compliments of Mother Nature. Here are some recommendations for plants to add to your landscape in order to reap rewarding aromatic benefits. Remember to keep wind direction in mind to guide their scent, whether it be towards an open bedroom window on a summer evening or to infuse a favorite outdoor seating area.

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Source: Lifescape Colorado

Lavender. Lavender is hardy, withstands Colorado winters, and thrives in dry climates. Its blooms are both colorful and aromatic, and they’re celebrated worldwide in their dried state. Just a few plants will add lavender’s calming scent to your garden spaces. An added bonus are the bees and other pollinators that will buzz and fly about, taking advantage of its pollen.

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Rosemary. A staple in most kitchen gardens, rosemary plants do well in arid climates but aren’t fans of the cold. For this reason, you’re better off planting rosemary in portable containers that you can protect and insulate from the harshest winter weather. They are pretty hardy, so a few days indoors or in a decently-lit garage shouldn’t hurt them. In addition to their outdoor aroma, you’ll enjoy the addition of fresh-cut sprigs for your kitchen recipes.

Roses. No list of aromatic plants would be complete without a nod to roses. Examples that thrive in Colorado include two native varieties, such as Rosa woodsii and Rosa acicularis as well as species that have adapted to our climate, like Rosa Sydonie and a climbing rose called Paul’s Himalayan Musk. Roses are typically higher maintenance, so hire a professional maintenance team if you aren’t a consummate gardener.

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Source: Wikimedia

Other beautifully scented flowering plants include chocolate daisies and creeping phlox. Of course, many conifers release a lovely scent when warmed by the sun, as do sweet aslyssum, bouncing bets, honeysuckle, and wisteria.

Would you like to design and grow a garden that integrates aromatic plants into your landscape? Contact Lifescape Colorado and schedule a consultation. We are here to assist you create, cultivate and maintain an extra-sensory landscape experience.

Incorporating Elemental Sound Into Your Garden

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Source: Lifescape Colorado

It isn’t as if outdoor pleasures are a mystery; watching the seasons change, connecting with nature, observing local wildlife – all of these are a given. At the deeper level, however, perhaps we enjoy our personal landscapes because they provide a complete sensory experience.

Incorporating Elemental Sound Into Gardens to Please the Senses

When you sit or work outside, you enjoy rich visual input: the feel of the breeze, sun, plants, etc., on your skin and you can smell the earth, plant matter, and blooms. You even have the ability to taste fresh fruits and vegetables from your garden. In a city- or urbanscape, though, there’s a good chance natural sounds have been overridden by man-made ones, and these tips can help to incorporate elemental sounds back into your garden.

Start with the floor. Concrete tiles or pavers create a relatively quiet walkway, while gravel can produce a very satisfying crunch. Would you like to replicate the sacred silence of the forest? Then line your pathways or sitting areas with a more soft and sound-absorbent material such as mulch.

Harness the wind. Add another dimension to a breezy day by planting ornamental grasses. Conifers can also add sound to airflow, as can bamboo. Your grasses will sparkle and whisper from a gentle to moderate breeze, while conifers can transform high-winds into the sound of crashing waves and bamboo yields a rattle-like noise. Wind chimes are another means of transforming wind into sound, from the fairly-like tinkle of delicate chimes to the low, gong-like resonance from larger versions.

Integrate water. Of course, water features are another way to add one of nature’s most soothing sounds. From small wall-mounted fountains to full-fledged waterfalls and streams, you can control the flow, drop and landing of the water on your property in order to create the sound you want. Installing ball valves on the outlet portion of a water pump or changing the placement of rocks in the pool’s bottom, will help you orchestrate the sound.

Contact Lifescape Colorado to design the landscape elements that create a multi-sensory and sound-rich experience in your garden.

The Importance of Native Trees and Shrubs

The most beautiful and sustainable gardens always feature a variety of trees and shrubs. These plants play an important role in enhancing both a landscape’s aesthetic appeal, as well as the health of its surrounding ecosystem. Here are some special benefits of planting varieties that are well adapted to our climate.

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Stop soil erosion. Tree and shrub roots help keep soil in place. This is especially helpful for gardens located on sloping or hilly landscapes.

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Native trees and shrubs help sustain native insects.  Insects are a great food source for native birds and other wildlife. Additionally, pollen from native plants attracts helpful bees and beautiful hummingbirds, creating a sustainable, bountiful habitat for a variety of wildlife. Growing native plants in your sustainable garden provides support both directly and indirectly for native creatures.

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Native shrubs and trees are more drought-resistant. After hundreds of years, these varieties have adapted to our seasonal temperature fluctuations, as well as times of drought. They also generally require less fertilizer and upkeep because they’ve adapted to the soil type and other growing conditions. Choosing native trees and shrubs means less maintenance work, a higher chance your shrubs will survive and less strain on vital environmental resources.

Contemporary Landscape by Woodinville Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Classic Nursery & Landscape Co. / Alan Burke, asla

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Native trees and shrubs are disease and pest-resistant. These plant varieties have been exposed repeatedly to insects and diseases common to the area. As a result, native plants develop natural defenses that non-native species often don’t have. However, this doesn’t mean your native plants are immune to all pests or diseases. However, as long as these foreign agents are kept in check, native plants tend to do better in our environment.

When you need help choosing or planting the right trees and shrubs for your landscape design, just give Lifescape Colorado a call. We offer exceptional landscaping services for gardens year round.

Why Fall Leaves are Your Garden’s Best Friend

Are fall leaves getting the best of you? Sounds like it’s time to put them to work in your favor. Dried, dead leaves are one of Mother Nature’s best fertilizers. Without them, our forest floors wouldn’t provide the same quality of rich, loamy soil needed to nurture buried seeds. In fact, without leaves, moisture would evaporate more quickly and pests and diseases would have a better chance at gaining access to tender new shoots.

Traditional Exterior by Fairfield General Contractors Tallman Segerson Builders

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While they may feel like the enemy at times, in truth, fall leaves are one of your garden’s best friends. Here are some important facts to know about fall leaves.

Traditional Landscape by Wheat Ridge Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Jocelyn H. Chilvers

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They’re jam-packed with nutrients. Trees roots worked hard all spring and summer extracting nutrients from the soil to feed their trunks, branches, stems and leaves. Those leaves are now full of phytonurtrients that will be recycled back into the soil for the next generation. Phytonutrients also feed earthworms and microbes that improve soil quality.

Modern Spaces by Wheat Ridge Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Jocelyn H. Chilvers

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Leaf mulch is economical. In a Houzz article, Therese Ciesinsky talks about her town’s “leaf collecting day.” Residents blow fallen leaves into the street and a municipal truck comes along to vacuum them up. She writes, “What I see being vacuumed up are dollar bills, the money these homeowners will spend next year on lawn and garden fertilizers, mulch and bagged compost.” Instead, use a mulching lawn mower to gather and mulch leaves to use for your spring and summer gardens. Doing so can put hundreds of dollars back into your pockets.

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Organic matter improves soil structure. Our Rocky Mountain geography is comprised predominantly of sandy, well-draining soil. While this is suitable for our most hardy native plants, your landscape’s soil will appreciate the structure provided by additional organic matter from leaf and kitchen compost.

Are you planning on removing fallen leaves from your landscape? The Lifescape Colorado maintenance team will be happy to remove fallen leaf material and compost it for you. Contact us online or give us a call at 303.831.8310 today.