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Landscape Design Solutions for Colorado: Terraces

The natural landscape of Colorado can prove to be a challenge when developing a landscape design. The slopes of various degrees and gentle hills call for meticulous planning in order to create a design that wows. But rather than grade the slopes and hills down, we’re often able to use these to our advantage by creating gorgeous terraced gardens that create a “Wow” factor.

Terracing your landscape offers several benefits, both practical and aesthetic. For instance, the Houzz ideabook “Step Up Your Garden Game with Terraced Plantings” notes that terracing is one of the best ways to deal with natural slopes and prevent surrounding hardscapes from “becoming too dominating or intrusive.” Additionally, terracing creates plenty of opportunities to add visual interest with different colors and textures.

Circular terraces create extra vantage points, according to Designing with Curved Terraces, “allowing the eyes to naturally wander when viewing the garden.” In some cases, using this type of terracing allows for enough space to include pathways between the different levels of terracing, which makes maintenance easier.

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And if your slope isn’t quite as steep, you can consider integrating a small patio area at midslope.

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Horizontal terraces offer the image that a slope is wider than it is, especially in an enclosed garden space. In the example below, the first few levels are simply manicured grass, followed by a level of ornamental grasses that lead to the most dramatic element, a gorgeous living wall.

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Terracing can also be integrated into the design of outdoor living spaces. Here, descending terraces surround a cozy, intimate deck space.

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In this multi-tiered terrace, a variety of plants help soften up the brick and stone hardscaping.

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Do you have a terraced landscape in need of a little TLC, or do you have a slope in your yard that could benefit from a terraced design? The design team at Lifescape is here to help. Contact us and let’s discuss ideas and develop a design solution that best meets your needs!

Featured Plant: Russian Hawthorne Tree

For your Colorado landscape to be successful, it’s important to select plants that are as rugged and hearty as our geography. If you’re looking for a tree that does well in our varied climate and high altitude, turn your attention towards the beautiful Russian Hawthorne Tree (Crataegus ambigua).

You don’t have to take our word for it; the Russian Hawthorne was a 2011 Plant Select Winner, chosen for their ability to thrive in the Rocky Mountain region. So what makes them so special?

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Healthy and Hearty. These trees are resistant to disease, drought tolerant, and weather freezing cold temperatures with nary a quiver. They can live 400+ years!

Four season interest
. The Russian Hawthorne is beautiful year round. Their foliage is a vibrant green almost all year and in winter the bark has a gold hue. By spring, they’re covered with sweet white blossom clusters and their red berries in late summer will delight neighborhood birds.

Spring is the best time to plant Russian Hawthornes. Here is a step-by-step planting guide, courtesy of GardenGuides.com. Please contact Lifescape Associates for more ideas on how to boost the population of regional appropriate plants and trees in your Colorado landscaping design.

Protecting Your Landscape from Winter Pests

A large part of Denver landscape maintenance involves keeping pests at bay. During the cold winter months, rabbits are more adventurous in their foraging. In addition to lacking normal food sources, when there is snow on the ground, it provides the perfect step ladder for fodder that is normally out of reach, putting some of the plants in your landscaped areas at risk. These tips will help protect your landscape from pesky rabbits and other seasonal landscape scavengers.

Repellents – Rabbits can be diverted by certain types of repellents. Those containing ingredients such as pepper extract, castor oil, and chicken egg can be effective, according to Plantalk Colorado. Apply them at least three feet high and make sure to reapply them after a rain or snow storm. Before using any type of repellent, though, it is a good idea to speak with a landscaping professional for expert advice.

Physical barriers – Chicken wire and/or rigid polypropylene plastic tubes can be used to protect shrubs, tree trunks, and stems. Make sure to bury the materials at least six inches below the ground so rodents are dissuaded from digging their way under and through.

Rabbit and deer resistant plants – Consider using plants that are less tasty for winter visitors. There are a number of perennials, ornamental grasses, deciduous shrubs and trees, evergreens, and spreading and upright junipers that are far less attractive to hungry critters. Again, you can seek professional advice to determine which plants are most appropriate for your space and needs.

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Daylilies are a perennial variety that’s rabbit and deer resistant.

Contact Lifescape  for assistance in keeping pests out of your garden not just in the winter, but all year long!

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It’s Time to Start Planning Your Spring Garden

Hibernation is only fun for so long. Rather than letting boredom get the best of you, let the increasing daylight hours inspire you and begin planning your spring garden. Colorado landscape designers are very thoughtful about creating designs that will be visually appealing in every season..

Planning your spring garden in advance will ensure your spring planting yields plenty of visual interest for humans, birds, and butterflies while conserving our most precious resource. If you’re in search of inspiration, below are a few ideas for Colorado landscapes suggested by Garden Guides:

Rock gardens – Rock gardens offer the benefit of a low-maintenance, yet unique garden space. Consider setting an area aside to use as a rock garden and choose some colorful rocks and drought resistant succulents for a most interesting focal point.

Drought tolerant plants – The best way to conserve water and attract local birds and butterflies is to use drought tolerant plants. Rocky Mountain wildflower seeds are a great place to begin. Other plants that do well are Narbonne Blue flax, Chieftain Manzanita, Sandia Coralbells, Scott’s Clematis, and Oxslip primrose.

Wildflower gardens – Of course, you can’t go wrong with a garden filled with wildflowers! Wildflowers like sage, prairie gentian, pink bergamot, and Mexican hat are among some of the top choices for this type of garden and will look as if nature placed them there.

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Now’s the time to think spring and start planning your gardens! Contact the designers at Lifescape today and watch your imagination come to life right in your own backyard.

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Maximize the Potential of the Corners of Your Yard

You may be familiar with the Pete Seeger classic, written by Malvina Reynolds, which goes like this…“Little boxes, on the hillside. Little boxes made of ticky-tacky…and they all look just the same…”

If Colorado landscape designers don’t think outside those proverbial “little boxes,” you can end up with a boring or awkward landscape, which resembles a postage stamp, rather than an inspired endeavor.

The corners can be the trickiest areas to landscape but with a little insight into some “tricks of the trade,” you can maximize the potential of the corners in your yard(s).

Use sculptures or garden art
. Rather than an afterthought, sculpture and/or garden art can serve as a corner focal point. You can then add to the corner landscaping design, using plants and shrubs with shapes, heights, and seasonal color that will enhance the garden art.

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Create a comfortable seating area
. When you or your guests are able to sit in one corner, you have a panoramic view of the entire landscape. You can build a corner bench-nook, or add a table and chairs. Use decorative outdoor furniture pads for added visual appeal.

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Build an outdoor fireplace. There is nothing that keeps the nighttime social atmosphere inspired like an outdoor fireplace. It is a great addition to any yard and is the perfect use of a corner. Plus, it adds an additional seating area for daytime as well.

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If you’re ready to transform your ticky-tacky landscape corners, contact Lifescapes. We are Colorado landscape designers who excel at thinking outside the box.