“I can’t think of a better way to evaluate a landscape, especially for winter interest, than right now,” shares landscape designer Natalie Selker. “When a client is looking for a new landscape or landscape upgrade, it’s invaluable to see how inspiring or uninspiring the landscape is during the winter months. I can see where we need to interject points of interest, be it an ornamental tree, shrub or architectural element, as well as the overall design and flow of the new landscape.”
There’s something to be said for evaluating a landscape when most people think there’s nothing of interest to be seen. “That’s where we make all the difference,” explains Natalie. “A well-designed landscape should be as inspiring in the winter as it is with a flush of summer blooms. By manipulating the contours of the land, integrating hardscape elements, altering bed lines and adding woody plants we create a landscape that’s interesting, even when it’s too cold to venture outside.”
Examining a blank slate.
It’s sometimes difficult to see beyond the lawn, garden beds and the unwanted plant material in the summer when you are designing a new garden. Overgrown gardens and old shrubs obscure our ability to see what can be. In the winter, nature offers us more of an open landscape to study. For many, it’s easier in the winter (when the garden is at rest) to see where new trees and shrubs will be planted, how bed lines will change and how a new stone patio will rest in the landscape.
A Jump on Spring
Our calendar of installations fills up quickly. If you know you’re ready for a new garden or landscape, planning in the winter allows us to schedule your installation sooner than later.