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Key Elements of a European Style Landscape

Key Elements of a European Style Landscape

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Anyone who has traveled to Europe likely has fond memories of quaint outdoor cafes, cobblestone streets, and romantic, lush gardens. Europeans embrace warm seasons by taking many activities, especially eating and socializing, outdoors, and the garden designs reflect that. If you want to bring the European aesthetic to your Colorado landscape, here are elements to consider.

The European Patio

Alfresco dining is quintessentially European, and one part of a patio should be designed with meals in mind. The primary elements to include are table and chairs, an awning or other feature to protect the area from the sun, and decorative accents that reflect a European country’s style. If your area is large enough, consider creating several dining and entertainment areas suitable for different occasions. This patio has a casual sitting area, a bar and a more comfortable area that is semi-enclosed.

Tiers and Slopes

Like gardens in parts of our state, many European gardens are built on sloping landscapes. Your garden design can be adapted to enhance and protect slopes while offering European aesthetic to the land. The stone walls and strategically placed plants shown here reduce soil erosion while adding lush color and texture to the landscape.

Water Features

Fountains are found in village squares and residential patios and gardens throughout Europe. Large or small, fountains and other water features provide romantic old world charm to any European style landscape. Along with a traditional fountain and a spa, this landscape’s water features include a pool with flowing water.

Showy Blossoms and Romantic Lush Greenery

Most European countries boast climates which, at least in spring and summer, encourage lush, green gardens and greenery along with showy flowers and shrubs featured strongly in the European garden. Despite the often overly dry conditions in our state, we can achieve this lush look by choosing Colorado native plants and adding colorful container arrangements like those used for this amazing landscape.

If you’d like to make your European garden ideas come to life, contact us at Lifescape today. Our professional design crew can help you from start to finish.

Stunning Driveway Design Ideas

Stunning Driveway Design Ideas

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Why have a nondescript and serviceable driveway when you can design and build a stunning one that enhances your home’s curb appeal? Not to mention, the same features that create a more visually appealing driveway — like pavers and stones — will also make your driveway more likely to withstand the constant freezing and thawing we experience here in the Colorado Rockies.

The size, slope and layout of your property will often determine which type of driveway is best for your home. Use the following examples from Lifescape Colorado’s gallery to inspire your driveway design ideas.

Curved driveway. To avoid a very formal or abrupt look, you might incorporate a meandering driveway that creates a relaxed entrance to your garage and front walk. Pavers come in a range of sizes and colors, and the small gaps between them allows your driveway to expand and contract according to temperature changes without cracking or breaking apart.

U-shaped driveway. The U-shaped driveway is a popular design, making it easy for you and your guests to get in and out without having to back out into the street. For this particular driveway, we installed a series of small concrete slabs to prevent competing with the home’s beautiful stone exterior. A combination of lawn, border landscaping and containers filled with blooms, bridges the gap between formal and casual.

Formal driveway. By using raised hardscaping materials to form the borders of your driveway, as well as your plant beds, you can create a more formal look intensified by the well-manicured plants contained within. Here, we selected darker-colored pavers with distinct textures to contrast with the expansive, lightly-colored stucco walls that form the exterior of this home.

Lifescape Colorado is offering a winter discount for projects scheduled between Nov. 2014 and Feb. 2015. You can save up to 8 percent on total project costs! Signing your contract in 2014 will protect you against project construction costs expected to affect Colorado contractors through 2015. So, contact us today to design a driveway that beautifully complements your property and architecture.

Celebrate the Holidays with a Festive Container Garden

During the fall and winter season, holiday decor can add a warm, cheerful ambiance to your home. You can even enhance this festive vibe by expanding outdoors with classy, beautiful holiday container gardens. These gardens can welcome visitors dropping by for holiday gatherings and add a splash of color to a stark winter landscape. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Tips for Starting a Beautiful Container Garden

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Create a colorful fall holiday display. Gold, red, and orange are traditional fall colors found in mums and pansies that are great for container gardens. Mix these colors in one planter for a compact festive statement, or assign one color to a separate container and place them close to each other. Remember, you don’t have to limit your fall containers to these colors. For example, adding blue flowers next to bright orange foliage or flowers can really make these colors pop.

Texture adds charm. Adding different textures to your holiday container improves visual interest. Incorporating a variety of patterns can even make a monochromatic display more exciting. However, mixing textures doesn’t just mean adding in fuzzy-leaf plants or tall grasses. Combining flowers of varying sizes and shapes can also add textural interest.

Use evergreens for festive winter containers. When winter arrives and your landscape grows barren, evergreen trees and shrubs offer a welcome splash of green. You can combine various evergreen dwarf conifers in a large planter, or plant a single native tree, such as the Rocky Mountain Bristlecone Pine, to replant in the ground at a later date. Then, just drape festive lights around these plants for a dramatic effect after sunset.

Accessorize your containers. Adding holiday cheer to a planter can add a lot of charm and warmth. For fall containers, nestle a pumpkin or gourd amidst the plants. When winter rolls around, a pinecone, holiday ornament, colored bows or similar items, can draw the eye and help highlight a beautiful holiday display.

Our professionals at Lifescape Colorado specialize in creating gorgeous container gardens for the holidays. Contact us today to let us know how we can help you design the perfect garden for your needs.

5 Container Gardening Mistakes to Avoid This Winter

Winter gardening in Colorado isn’t impossible, but it will require a few changes on your part. If you don’t want your landscape to look like a bleak midwinter snowstorm, container gardening is a wonderful way to enjoy winter interest on your patio and around other areas of your yard.

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Keep your container garden going this winter with a few of these helpful gardening tips. Source: Lifescape

You can even enhance your container’s visual impact by adding some inanimate seasonal and/or holiday cheer. However, before you dive into your next project, there are a handful of container gardening mistakes you should keep in mind. Here are five you’ll want to avoid this winter.

  • Buying pots that aren’t suited for our climate. Make sure you purchase pots that can handle freezing temperatures without cracking or falling apart.
  • Filling and planting the container in the wrong spot. A full container is a heavy container and moving it can be back-breaking work. Place your containers where you want them, and then fill them with rich organic soil that will help nourish plant roots all season long. If you want to keep your containers mobile (recommended if the containers aren’t sheltered), purchase containers with wheels or buy small platforms on castors to make the move easier.
  • Not paying attention to each plant’s individual needs. In an effort to plant a beautiful and proportional container garden, it’s easy to forget that different plants have different needs in terms of sun, soil and water. Make sure to grow plants that have similar needs, so they remain collectively healthy.
  • Over/under watering. First, make sure your containers have ample drainage holes, so you don’t have to worry about root rot. Then, pay attention to each plant’s watering needs. Most containers need to be watered everyday or every-other-day.
  • Neglecting fertilizer. Fertilizer doesn’t last as long in containers as it does in the ground. Therefore, containers need to be fertilized more frequently.

Lifescape Colorado specializes in customized holiday container gardens for the winter and holiday seasons. Contact us today to plant, maintain, or spruce up your winter container garden.

Fabulous Fall Hardscaping Ideas

Is your home the social center for family and friends during the holiday season? Our team at Lifescape Colorado is more than happy to assist you with all of your hardscaping needs that can add warmth and light to your luxury outdoor space.

These fall hardscaping ideas can enhance your curb appeal, as well as your outdoor living spaces, so you can enjoy these areas even through the coldest and darkest hours of the season.

Traditional Landscape by Denver Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Lifescape Colorado.

Design by Lifescape Colorado

Enhance curb appeal. Impress your guests by re-paving your driveways and walkways. Pavers can be matched to your existing landscape and their permeable nature is ideal in a climate where freezing and thawing is the norm. Don’t forget to install beautiful lighting elements that will illuminate your design and increase safety.

Traditional Patio by Denver Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Lifescape Colorado.

Design by Lifescape Coloradp

Add another patio. Does a part of your yard remain unused for most of the year? Perhaps it’s time to add a patio. Patio spaces can be as simple as a square of attractive pavers bedecked with chairs and a table. It’s also another great space to sip a cup of coffee, converse with a friend, or to watch the stars.

Traditional Patio by Denver Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Lifescape Colorado.

Design by Lifescape Colorado

Augment your outdoor kitchen. What’s missing from your outdoor wish list? An outdoor kitchen, complete with grill, oven and sink, makes holiday meal preparations a snap and it also gives guests a place to spend time until the meal is ready to be served.

Traditional Pool by Denver Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Lifescape Colorado.

Design by Lifescape Colorado

Gather ’round the fire. Fire pits and outdoor fireplaces are a must for Colorado hardscapes. Even on the coldest nights, a fire pit is a popular hangout for party goers and after-dinner revelers.

Rustic Landscape by Denver Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Lifescape Colorado.

Design by Lifescape Colorado

Celebrate slopes with terraces. Cooler fall weather makes terracing a much more comfortable enterprise. Building terraces into your hillside will transform a barren, steep slope into a beautiful showpiece.

Contemporary Patio by Denver Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Lifescape Colorado.

Design by Lifescape Colorado

Spruce up your seating areas. A big group of friends and family with your holiday cooking will cause an overflow into your outdoor space. Be prepared for this by expanding your outdoor seating areaswith comfortable, flexible furniture.

Are you ready to get a start on any of the above fall hardscaping ideas to get your home ready for the fall and winter? If so, contact the design and build team at Lifescape Colorado today.