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Monthly Archives: April, 2007

Add dimension to landscaping with hardscapes.

My own landscape architect, Diane Cagle, always incorporates creative use of hardscape materials into her landscape designs. She uses some simple treatments of concrete (i.e., rock salt, scoring, staining, textured and colored concrete) on some properties, and on others she chooses natural stone. If she wants a softer look that also protects trees that she […]

Outdoor fireplaces create warmth, atmosphere.

Now more than ever, my clients are requesting outdoor fireplaces for their patios and outdoor rooms. They are not just for northern climates any longer; an outdoor fireplace can be used in the Southern region to ward off chills in spring, fall and even winter, lengthening your options for outdoor entertaining. Such fireplaces can be […]

Punctuate your home with great landscaping.

In my opinion, good landscaping around a beautiful home is like the punctuation at the end of a sentence. Landscape architects create unique outdoor experiences, just as interior designers create warmth or drama inside the home. Be it dramatic or subdued, rustic or elegant, formal or natural, any style of landscaping offers satisfying results if […]

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