INSPIRATIONAL GARDEN DESIGNS FOR YOUR HOME
BRINGING YOUR LANDSCAPE TO LIFE
Create the garden of your dreams. From a gorgeous perennial flower garden bed that is easy to maintain, to a garden bed that changes with the seasons, we will work with you on a garden design that enhances and complements your landscape.
Our registered landscape architects and designers will provide you with a complimentary consultation for your garden design and flower bed project. Bring your landscape to life by calling us today.
MAKE YOUR GARDEN DESIGN ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY
Not only does a robust flower garden design add color and volume to your home’s landscaping, but it also reduces the need for pesticides and helps the local ecosystem. Chemicals used for weeds and turf can seep into the soil and be detrimental to the survival of pollinators like bees, butterflies and birds. We encourage our client’s to opt for a beautiful flower garden design in place of pesticides.
James Martin Associates can offer multiple options to keep your landscape sustainable, including organic-based fertilizer and mulch, drip irrigation, native plantings, rain barrels and cisterns. Integrating one or more of these eco-friendly features into your backyard garden design can help save the pollinators in our area that are crucial to our ecosystem.
One of our clients in Evanston decided to completely transform her landscape into a pollinator safe-haven, and the results have been even better than we hoped! Read more about how our garden designers helped turn this backyard garden design into a natural, peaceful landscape where our client has already been able to photograph 75 different species of birds.
SOFTSCAPE VS. HARDSCAPE
You may have heard the term “hardscape” before, regarding the addition of permanent elements to your landscape, such as a stone patio or a brick fireplace. “Softscape” refers to the garden design and addition of plants, flowers, trees, shrubs, and anything natural. When you sign up for a free consultation with one of our landscape architects, they will recommend either softscaping, hardscaping, or a combination of the two to best enhance the qualities of your home’s landscaping.
You may be most interested in a hardscape design for a new backyard patio, but you may not have thought about how a flower garden design could add warmth and softness to contrast the hard edges of stone, brick or concrete. The reverse could also be true if you are most interested in the layout of new flowers, shrubs, and trees. Our landscape architects & designers can show you options for pathways or raised garden beds, to maximize the visual aesthetic of your garden design.
A STEP UP FROM BASIC GARDEN DESIGN
There are a multitude of features available to customize and individualize your backyard garden design. The overall layout and choice of plantings is just one of the steps that our experienced landscape architects & designers will discuss with you during your free consultation. For example, you may want to add a towering American Elm tree to your landscape. That tree might grow to block the sunlight from your back windows or deprive your other plants of the light they need to grow. Our experts will be able to stop these kinds of issues before they become a problem.
Other features that we may recommend to make the most out of your garden design include:
- Raised garden beds
- Paver pathways or chips and pebble walkways
- Outdoor landscape lighting
- Rainwater irrigation systems
- Eco-friendly features like organic mulch, native plants, and more
- Seasonal colors for flower beds and containers
- Natural privacy walls with Arbor Vitae or other trees and shrubs
- Small ponds, streams or other water features
GARDEN DESIGNERS WHO WILL MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR LANDSCAPE
As you have read from our information above, creating a lasting garden design for your home has many more factors and features than it may seem. At James Martin Associates, we are committed to guiding you along your journey to create a beautiful backyard garden design. Our goal is to realize your vision and then enhance it to maximize the practical and visual enjoyment.
Take a few minutes to fill out a contact form below, or call our office to set up a free consultation today! Scroll through the photos below and start finding what inspires you.