This shaded apartment building facing North was made lush with shade tolerant plants. Organic compost was incorporated in to the soil and a drip system was installed through-out the entire space. Window boxes and a tree well was also planted to complete the space.
A custom tree well was installed and appropriate small perennials were installed. It is important not to plant species that will compete with the tree for water, nutrients and space.
Contemporary Private Garden
This private garden in Cobble Hill was a blank slate, a designer's dream. Within the space, I was able to fit 3 small trees, and numerous perennials and shrubs, providing year-round interest. At home now lives an evergreen Magnolia, a Japanese Red-Maple and a native tree called a Cornelian Cherry (Cornus mas).
Sunny Container Garden
A Brooklyn garden enthusiast wanted a place filled with flowers and color and for him to grow his award-winning hot peppers. We organized this small sunny space, set up an elaborate drip irrigation and filled it to the brim with annuals and flowering perennials. Each and every pot received an individual watering line, so he and his family could leave on summer holidays and return to a garden vibrant with life.
BayRidge Cottage Garden
The first thing we did was renovate the fence, by power washing and re-staining. The side beds were created, a sod lawn was installed and edged in cobblestone, and many native, pollinator plants were planted. The overall effect, was year round interest with different plants blooming Spring through Fall.
Formal Shade Garden, Park Slope
An empty space was filled with evergreens and shade tolerant shrubs and perennials so that the couple would use and enjoy their time outside. The walls and patio were power washed, fresh organic soil and compost and mulch were all brought in.
New Jersey Summer Home
This house near the Jersey shore had a lot of potential but nothing was growing except a few trees and a lawn. We created new beds, tilled in organic compost, and added appropriate plants that add interest to the front and rear gardens year-round.
This courtyard within a very elegant building had been neglected for quite some time. There were no surviving plants and it was an eye-sore. The building hired me to renovate the space and bring it in line with the aesthetic of the building. We power-washed the space, brought in modern, fiberglass planters, planted clumping bamboo and a variety of ornamental grasses. A hidden drip system was installed within each planter.
I love to bring color and life to small spaces! Pots and planters come in all shapes, sizes and material. They are versatile, can be moved around and its contents and style can easily change from year to year and season to season. The possibilities are endless and if you only have a window ledge or a stoop to plant, remember the power of the planter.
Modern Container Garden
In this space, the entire garden was filled with 12" of gravel. Nothing was going to grow in the ground without a lot of expense, removing gravel and bringing in soil. This garden was calling for containers. Durable, modern, black fiberglass planters were brought in to house evergreen shrubs, like Azaleas and Rhododendrons and native flowering shrubs, like Mountain Laurel and Fothergilla and even a native Amelanchier tree. The interior space was left open for play. A discrete drip system was installed through-out the space.