Plants That Shine in the Winter Time

Allium

These plants can be enjoyed in the garden all year round, are deer resistant and are very easy to grow.  With the number of allium varieties available, one could have an allium blooming from spring until frost.  We will celebrate the allium this year as a part of the Plantone club!

Ferns

Adding lovely texture to the garden in the summer, ferns have an encore performance in winter as they showcase their dark brown fronds against the snowy landscape.  

Northern Sea Oats

With it’s distinct seed head, Northern Sea Oats offers an airy and natural feel to the landscape.  Rustling in the wind and catching the sunshine, you will want to make room for this ornamental grass.  With its ability to tolerate part shade, it also makes a great plant for a woodland border.  

 

 

Simply For All Seasons!

This front yard in Ankeny was in need of an update!  Our clients came to us looking for something simple and clean, with interest throughout the seasons.  We selected a variety of plants that would add something interesting to every month in the garden.  

Before
After
Before
After

NEW PLANTS:

‘Little Quick Fire’ Hydrangea.  This plant will reach 3-4′ high and wide and will bloom white and pink during the months of August and September.  We recommend keeping blooms on all winter as they provide wonderful winter winter interest.

‘Millenium’ Allium.  A perennial allium that will bloom purple blooms in late summer.  Lovely grassy foliage, and deer resistant.  Great for cut flowers and pollinators!

‘Purrsian Blue’ Catmint.  Beautiful lavender blooms throughout the summer.  This plant makes a great border plant and is very easy to grow!

‘Judd’ Viburnum.  A larger shrub reaching 6-8′ tall that makes a lovely accent plant on the corner of this house.  Sweet and spicy blooms in the spring time!

‘Green Velvet’ Boxwood.  An evergreen shrub that will reach about 3′ high and wide at maturity.  Needs little to no pruning and is also deer resistant.  

‘Carousel’ Little Bluestem.  A well-behaved ornamental grass that will reach about 2′ tall with blue foliage in the summer and russet orange foliage in the fall.  

‘Autumn Joy’ Sedum.  Beautiful pink blooms that carry through the fall season and bring in the bees!

Backyards for BBQ’s!

Our client came to us wanting a patio with a circle patio off the side for a fire pit.

The patio site was excavated about 10″ below existing sod. 6″ of crushed rock will be added to this space, along with 1″ of sand and then pavers!
Sand has been installed and pavers are starting to arriving on site!
The variety of stone helps define the areas of the backyard patio! The Pennsylvania blue flagstone creates the perfect space for a firepit and adirondack chairs!
This bluestone planter adds a nice border to the patio and will eventually provide some privacy with these boxwoods and tricolor beech tree planted on the corner.

 

The pavers were all intricately cut into the flagstone to make a seamless transition.
With all of our design work, we also design furniture lay out to ensure we have designed a space to fit your outdoor living needs!

New and Blue!

Before: The pathway under the arbor going to the cantina.
Before: The pathway to the pergola.
We selected blue buff supreme for the new walkway material. Supreme indeed!
We discovered the pathway was resting on just a bed of sand. Throughout the years it became very uneven because it was lacking a stable base layer.
Bricks are out!
All the bricks were then neatly stacked and will be re-purposed for another project in the future!
We added in several ton of crushed limestone rock and compacted it to make a nice stable base for the new stone.
An inch of sand is added on top of the crushed rock to help level the stones.
With natural stone, each stone varies in thickness, which provides a challenge for installation and leveling, but the end result is amazing!
After: The slight serpentine curves add so much interest to this pathway! It is a treat to take a walk on!
What a beautiful frame of wood, stone and plants!
The completed pathway to the pergola!