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The Value of Beautiful Shrubs in Your Landscape

Shrubs are an integral part of a well-designed landscape, providing visual height in your garden in the area between the lawn and trees, offering color and privacy as well as food and shelter for birds and butterflies.  In many ways, shrubs serve as the backbone of good landscape design.  Properly planted shrubs add an extra visual element that can continue to add interest in the Fall and Winter months, as well as provide several other tangible benefits that may not be immediately apparent when you’re designing and planning your landscape. The well-chosen shrub can first and perhaps foremost anchor your house to the surrounding landscape.  The height of well-placed shrubbery can give your eye a place to rest between the trees and a flower bed planted with small to mid-size annuals, perennials and grasses.  In addition, when you choose a flowering shrub, you brighten your early growing season days, adding another dimension of color to your landscape. The shrub is also a utilitarian workhorse.  Think carefully about what your immediate needs are before deciding where to plant.  If you need shelter from wind or sun, shrubs are excellent protection against both.  Placing shrubbery near an air conditioning unit can keep the unit shaded, and planting them near windows or near a sidewalk can reduce heat.  Aside from it being aesthetically pleasing, this is an excellent way to make your little corner of the world a little more “green.” Shrubs are also a safe haven for birds, butterflies or other insects.  Again, choosing the right shrubbery can make all the difference in the ecology you invite into your landscape.  Taking that into consideration into the overall aesthetic can make the difference in a well-designed and thought

Incorporating Water Features in Your Landscape

Having a water feature in your garden is one of the most tranquil and relaxing upgrades you can make to your outdoor environment.  The sound of water can transplant you to far away places without ever leaving home.  Whatever you decide to do, it ultimately depends on your taste and the physical characteristics of your yard. You want your water feature to complement your existing landscape, not detract from it.  Niagara Falls is lovely, but not necessarily when it is rushing through your yard. Sunrise Landscape and Design has over 30 years of experience creating beautiful landscapes.  We have an extensive portfolio of landscape designs incorporating water features.  If you are thinking of adding a water feature to your landscape consider the following: A pond can be a beautiful addition to your landscape if the ground conditions are favorable.  Once our experts determine the ground is stable enough to support a pond, you should consider the surrounding landscape and make sure your pond looks organic to your garden.  Selecting the proper edging is key to creating a natural look. If your dream is to have a pond stocked with fish, be sure to select the right location.  The care and maintenance of fish doesn’t necessarily have to take up that much time if you chose a proper location for your pond.  The health of the habitat for your fish depends on the amount of light available, the plant life, feeding and cleaning of the pond.  Fish need shady areas and floating plants can also be a source of shade.  However, the placement of the pond is critical.  Aside from the light considerations, it’s important to avoid low areas of the yard where pesticides and fertilizer

Creating Curb Appeal – It’s All About the Landscaping Plan

Whether you are selling your home or just want to have the most attractive landscape in the neighborhood, creating curb appeal can transform your yard into a beautiful, attractive space.  The most successful landscapes have a well thought out and planned approach to curb appeal.  It can simply be adding color with flower pots and seasonal plantings, or adding character and dimension with walkways and water features.  How simple or complex your curb appeal should be, is up to you.  Either way, a landscaping plan is the most effective way to bring your ideas to life.  When putting together a landscaping plan, consider the following: Hardscape – Curb appeal is ultimately about moving the eye from the street to the front of the house.  An attractive walkway with curves and flower bed accents is a great way to make this a pleasant transition.  Adding a bench creates a separate focal place and provides a spot for additional plantings. Lighting – Simple outdoor lighting can bring your home to life at night.  Use accent lights to highlight architectural or landscaping details.Seasons – When designing for curb appeal, make sure it will look inviting through all seasons.  As spring flowers begin to die down and lose their appeal, shrubs and trees can take over as the dominant features. Maintenance – All good landscaping plans should incorporate maintenance.  Spring and fall clean-ups, pruning, lawn care, weeding, edging and mulching are all important tasks in maximizing curb appeal. Color – Adding color to your landscape can be accomplished in many ways.  Try adding one or two large, uniquely shaped pots and fill with colorful plantings.  Add a splash of color by painting the door or a bench.  Be sure