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Your garden can help you get a better night’s sleep!

Posted on Feb 15, 2018 in Blog, Landscape Design, Plant and Tree

In a perfect world, we would all fall sound asleep within minutes of our head hitting our most comfortable pillow, however, that is not always the case.  For millions, a good night’s sleep doesn’t seem to be within reach and counting sheep and sipping on warm milk just isn’t doing the trick.  Besides giving in […]

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Why your outdoor living space should start with a 3D design

Posted on Feb 8, 2018 in Blog, Landscape Design

When It comes to outdoor living or landscape design, there are many ways a master plan can be presented to a client.  From sketched out paper plans to beautiful watercolor designs, there technically is no wrong way for a designer to present their vision to the homeowner.  Each different method of delivery will ultimately show […]

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Swimming pool hardscape options

Posted on Feb 1, 2018 in Blog, Landscape Design, Patio and Walkway

As we all know by now, winter planning leads to spring building.  Do you have an outdoor project already in the works for this coming season; perhaps your spring plans include the installation of your very own swimming pool?  If so, the long wait is over and as soon as the snow melts away, you […]

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Landscape Spotlight: Creeping Phlox, ‘phlox subulata’

Posted on Jan 25, 2018 in Blog, Plant and Tree

Colorful, resilient, hardy and low-maintenance are just a few adjectives that can describe this month’s landscape spotlight.  Creeping phlox is considered one of the most colorful ground covers available, and its beauty is only matched its reliability within the landscape. As a native of eastern North America, this ground cover produces perennial needle-like evergreen foliage […]

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What is “hygge” and can it apply to the outdoors?

Posted on Jan 18, 2018 in Blog, Landscape Design

It’s quite possible that you have comes across this word before, but what in the world is hygge anyway?  I suppose we should start off with how it is pronounced, so we don’t sound foolish!  The proper way to pronounce this Danish word is “hoo-ga” or “hue-gah”.  To make matters just a tad more complicated, […]

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Creative Outdoor Living Storage Solutions

Posted on Jan 11, 2018 in Blog, Landscape Design

Some may say that there isn’t as much of a need for storage outside, since the inside is where most of a family’s belongings are.  However, with more and more homeowners transforming their backyards into outdoor living spaces and paying equal attention to these exterior rooms, outdoor storage will quickly prove to be a huge […]

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Outdoor Living Trends for 2018

Posted on Jan 4, 2018 in Blog, Landscape Design

2017 has officially come to a close; we hope that it was a wonderful and prosperous year for all of you!  Now that 2018 is straight ahead and there is still snow on the ground, we should take this time to plan our agendas and projects so we are prepared when the temperatures catch their […]

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Pantone Color Institute’s 2018 Color of the Year…

Posted on Dec 28, 2017 in Blog, Landscape Design

The Pantone Color Institute has forecasted their next global color trend; all hail Ultra Violet!  While we were personally ecstatic about the 2017 color “Greenery” because of its representation within the MasterPLAN culture, Pantone does give several reasons behind their 2018 selection. The Executive Director of the Institute says, “We are living in a time […]

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Landscape Spotlight: Mistletoe, ‘Phoradendron’

Posted on Dec 21, 2017 in Blog, Plant and Tree

We are 100% certain that after reading the title of this month’s Landscape Spotlight, you automatically thought of the holidays, hanging mistletoe from the rafters and stealing a kiss or two.  We have been conditioned to think this way and reenact the tradition from old poems, books and Hallmark cards…but can you tell us anything […]

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Alternative uses for Ipe tropical hardwood

Posted on Dec 14, 2017 in Blog, Landscape Design

For those of you who haven’t heard of this tropical hardwood before, Ipe is a tightly-grained, strong and dense hardwood that is primarily grown in Brazil.  This heavy-duty wood rarely contains any knots, is resistant to fire, scratches, mildew and insect damage, which is more than we can say for typical wood building materials.  Having […]

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