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Refresh Your Front Yard Landscape

The changing season requires a fresh look at your front yard landscape. Are your plants past their prime? Could your front walk benefit from fall interest? If your deciduous trees have dropped their leaves, it’s the ideal time to contact a professional landscaping crew to prune them. Note the areas that need work, and then use these front yard landscaping ideas to get a refreshed look.


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Increase your bed size. Were your flowering eyes bigger than your garden beds could accommodate this summer? One rule of thumb is to have planter beds that span at least half the width of your house. If your beds are on the small size, use this season to expand them and amend the soil, so it is ready to plant in the spring.


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Does your landscape flow? Now that some of your blooming plants are beginning to shed their summer glory, it might be time to add new bursts of color that will continue the flow of your landscape design. First, consider adding perennials that do well in Colorado and will continue to do well year after year. Then, look for annual flowers, like alpine ivy geraniums or impatiens, that do well in our cooler climate. You can also use containers to plant a burst of seasonal color next to your front door entryway.


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Add some gathering areas. If your home doesn’t have a porch, consider adding some seated gathering areas. This can be as simple as laying down some pavers and adding a table and chairs, or as complex as designing a new patio. Either way, it will provide extra square footage when the weather’s nice.


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Enclose your porch. This is a desirable option for those of us who aren’t as fond of winter’s chill. An enclosed porch adds a significant number of days to your outdoor living season and comes in handy in the summertime too.

Do you need help determining which front yard landscaping idea would work best for your home? Contact the design experts at Lifescape.

Kid-centric Colorado Landscapes

Encourage kids to spend less time in front of a screen and more time in the great outdoors with a kid-friendly landscape. And with the help of a professional, you can achieve a fun landscape that is also sophisticated in style. A thoughtful design can creatively integrate style with functionality that’s fun! Here are some fantastic kid-centric landscape design ideas.

Set the Stage for Creativity 

Most kids love to draw, and you can provide a space just for that outdoors with a custom backyard fence design that includes a chalkboard paint wall. It’s a no-mess, no-stress solution for uninhibited creativity.

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This unique and versatile deck serves as a stage for kids to perform on while also making a great lounge area that adds chic interest to the landscape.

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A House of Their Own

A playhouse gives kids a space where they can let their imaginations run free. Clever playhouse designs like this hobbit house can blend with the rest of the landscape, pleasing both kids and parents.

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Having a tree house is a childhood dream we can all relate to. A tree house can be custom designed by landscape professionals to complement the home exterior and landscape while achieving a cool design with exciting features like a zip line or a slide.

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Play in Harmony 

To avoid play areas from clashing with the remaining landscape, playgrounds can be custom designed to look natural and blend beautifully with the natural surroundins. In this example, a magnificent tree trunk playground was designed to appear as if it was gracefully growing out of the ground.

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Another great strategy is to incorporate terraced gardens into playgrounds to create a lush and seamless look that blends in harmoniously. Using the same type of wood for the garden retaining wall as the play structures creates a seamless look.

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If you are interested in putting the fun in a functional, kid-friendly landscape or any other improvements to your landscape or outdoor living spaces, contact Lifescape Colorado to learn about our professional landscape design services.

Ideas for Elegant Landscape Edging

Edging prevents soil and mulch runoff while keeping plants firmly in place, but its benefits can go beyond function. Edging can add form, texture, color and definition to achieve beautiful landscape spaces.

Trench edging is a simple yet effective method for creating subtle definition. Instead of integrating physical edging, a simple trench-like formation is created between the flower or plant areas and neighboring grass or groundcover. This is a wonderful method for achieving very organic and natural looking landscape designs.

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Durable yet thin edging made from steel or plastic can also be subtle, when it is sunk low into the earth lining pathways or flowerbeds. But to add more interest, steel or plastic in attractive or bold colors can be used to add a splash of color.

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Decorative edging that is more visible can become can essential part of the landscape design. Concrete or steel edging, for example, can be custom designed with colors, forms and shapes that will complement and elevate the style of the landscape. Likewise, cut stone or carved wood can add natural beauty or rustic charm.

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Brick also lends itself to interesting decorative edging. The color of brick, as well as the pattern and angle in which it can be laid, adds fantastic aesthetic appeal. The height of brick edging can easily be adjusted by adding layers. Raised edging not only prevents erosion and adds to the look of landscapes but also deters pets or other animals from wandering into plant beds.

Colored gravel or slate chippings can also be used to design decorative landscape edging that defines plant beds, keep weeds down and provides a barrier against soil erosion.

When you want to enhance your landscape with elegant landscape edging, let designer and architects at Lifescape Colorado help. Here at Lifescape Colorado, we offer a full slate of landscaping services, including hardscaping and gardening design and maintenance.

Add Evening Drama to your Denver Landscape

Beyond safety and practicality, outdoor lighting has the power to transform landscapes into magical outdoor spaces. Not to mention, it accentuates the most beautiful features of your landscape so you can enjoy them even by night.

Landscape lighting options range from elaborate fixtures that add an artistic element to simple discrete bulbs used to illuminate stepping paths. As Tim McKeough of the New York Times says, “Even the most basic fixture — a simple string of lights — can be effective.” But to truly enhance ambiance, here are some of our favorite outdoor lighting fixtures for adding drama to Denver landscape designs.

String lighting – Adding shabby-chic charm and a nice soft glow, string lights are wonderful for hanging over outdoor dining and lounging areas.

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Hurricane lanterns – Versatile hurricane lanterns can add a romantic, old-world touch. Since they are portable, you can move them around from tables to ledges for spot illumination.

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Sensational chandelier – Create a stunning focal point for outdoor dinner parties with a tiered chandelier.

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Sculptural lighting – Unique LED light fixtures can light up landscapes while also functioning as sculptural art.

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Recessed lighting – With a little innovation, recessed lighting can creatively highlight trees, paths, steps and more.

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Glowing waterfall – Make waterfalls as dramatic by night as they are by day with lighting that adds a whimsical glowing effect.

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Embedded hardscape lighting – Lighting uniquely embedded into retaining walls can turn into an intriguing art installation.

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Enjoy a beautiful landscape by day and night with the help from the professional landscapers at Lifescape. We can work with you to create a custom landscape design that will increase your property value and your quality of life. Contact us today to learn more.

Let’s Go Rooftop!

If you want to create a beautiful outdoor living space or garden but do not have enough yard space, trying looking up! The rooftop is one of the most underutilized areas of the home. But with the right design, it can become the most beloved living space of the home. Here are some outdoor living design ideas and inspirational photos for transforming your Denver rooftop into a luxurious outdoor retreat.

A Rooftop Living Room

A thoughtful hardscape and rooftop deck design can transform a rooftop into a second living room ideal for open-air entertaining and enjoying awe-inspiring views. You can incorporate built-in benches or or dress it up with the right outdoor furniture that creates zones for outdoor dining and lounging.

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If you work with a landscape company that specializes in hardscape designs and luxury outdoor living, you can design a custom space with a variety of features and amenities.

  • An Outdoor Kitchen for enjoying cooking and entertaining in the great outdoors.
  • A fire pit for warmth in the winter and ambiance in the summer.
  • A hot tub and/or a refreshing rooftop shower for a truly luxurious living space where you can enjoy relaxing and cleansing in the sun or beneath the stars.

A Rooftop Garden

Turning your rooftop into a garden can transform this space into a green oasis. Butt you will want to be careful to choose plants that can handle the strong rays of the sun, especially in our area. Here are some great drought-tolerant plants for Colorado rooftop gardens.

  • Lewisia cotyledon: This low-growing plant with blooms in shades of peach, orange and pink is suitable for planters, flowerbeds and rock gardens.
  • Sedum rupestre: An attractive succulent, Sedum spreads nicely, making a lovely groundcover on its own or interspersed with other foliage.
  • Sedum spurium: This succulent adds an interesting splash of burgundy foliage and small red blooms.
  • Helictotrichon sempervirens:  Plant this ornamental grass in planters atop walls for added privacy or use several in a row as a natural divider between rooftop areas.
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Creating a safe and beautiful rooftop oasis is a hefty undertaking. Lifescape can help you develop your rooftop sanctuary from start to finish. Contact us today to learn all about Denver outdoor living design for your home or business.