Artistic Landscapes offers garden design, installation and maintenance services to New York's greater Hudson Valley area of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Northern Westchester and Ulster Counties as part of its landscaping services to both residential and commercial clients. Gardens can include annuals, perennials, decorative grasses, and containers where appropriate or a combination of all of the above. Shrubs, flowering trees or other plantings may also be added for balance and enhancement as well. Before any work is begun, the garden designer provides you with a plan for your review and approval. If necessary, the client and the designer can also schedule a visit to the nursery to make selections together for complete accuracy of interpretation. Keep in mind that a number of botanical factors must be considered for the success of any garden. These include availability and intensity of light and moisture, quality of soil, foot traffic interference, presence of predators or disease, not to forget the all-important need to get established with time to mature and proliferate.
While practically every individual has had some experience with gardening, it is not an easy skill to master. Besides the many factors mentioned above, further aesthetic considerations are another important aspect of a successful garden. When you plant, whether you are using seeds or bulbs, tubers or actual small plantings with roots, you must reconcile whether each component of your garden will thrive. Each may have a different bloom time during the season and may grow to a specific height or width. Your care in keeping the plantings free of parasites, mold or other risks may depend on how often you monitor growth within the ever-changing array of environmental conditions you must confront. Too much rain, not enough sunshine, smothering from leaves from above, too acidic or alkaline a soil condition, as well as animal interference like deer, moles or beavers can wreak havoc in any number of deleterious ways. These are all complications which every gardener must grapple.
The professionally-designed and maintained garden usually is more successful than one developed by an amateur. The proper site is chosen, the soil is prepared, the components are planted and irrigation is implemented. Since perennials and annuals are both used, with the latter providing interest and color once the limited bloom times of the former have expired, aesthetics are usually impressive all season long. Because most landscaping plantings are introduced as small, immature elements which allow time for them to grow into more established plants, and in the case of perennials, to multiply to larger groupings, a garden will become more beautiful as each season passes. Since the professional will visit periodically to tend to fertilization, support for taller varieties as well as appropriate pruning and other cleanup, the garden will respond to each aspect of help it receives. If the homeowner also is motivated to participate more regularly, the garden may perform even better.
Benefitting from the muted intensity of dappled sunlight, this front entrance is replete with shade-tolerant impatiens and hydrangea for a perennial/annual statement. A meandering walkway provides the garden's structure while the profusion of white flowers is appropriate for any architectural backdrop.
A blend of purple and white irises gives this Japanese garden the simplicity of the traditional Zen oasis. Planted along a bluestone walkway, these flowers lead to a koi pond and waterfall offering the retreat and inspiration so reminiscent of this culture.
Every container offers a special way to express creativity, depending on available light, purpose of the enhancement and color requirements. If a muted palette surrounds, the container garden can dominate with brilliance. If bright color surrounds, the container must rely on filigree and form as opposed to more visual competition. The inspired designer knows what plants will tolerate confinement amid other plants allowing for enough moisture to withstand the location and intensity of light.