Each week, Mark and I are 'weeding' through the landscape of outdoor design products and ideas, and finding the most compelling landscape design items, and feature three that go well together. These elements are old and new, and vary in terms of purpose. The posts are then archived in this section week by week, hopefully serving as inspiration to your design process.
So if you miss a week, don't panic, you can find it here.
Ok so maybe photosynthesis isn't possible right now, but you are craving just a little bit of green in your life? Here are a few creative, stylish, inexpensive and low-maintenance ways to incorporate just a little bit of green during these grey winter months:
Boxwood is a tried and true evergreen. It can be clipped to any form, and is incredibly low maintenance. I absolutely love this plant and have it outside our house in Brooklyn--it looks incredible and tolerates quite a bit of crazy. A small caveat though: there is a blight in the Northeast region of the US effecting this plant so check with your local nursery about which species they recommend. View Product Website
Here is boxwood used in a Corten-planter at a townhouse in Manhattan. The Client wanted low maintenance, green, and sculptural. Boxwood can be clipped to any form. Here I used the Korean type, and it is clipped to be slightly flat on top, almost like an object.
MOSS: moss is a favorite of mine and I try to use it wherever and whenever possible. So simple, minimal and it's low profile is great if you just want a mat of green and nothing else. Loves shade, so excellent as an indoor plant too. Keep it hydrated and consider investing in a spray bottle. These planters are hard to figure out what plant to use--couldn't be too vertical. Went through a few and moss seemed to work well. View Product Website
Fake News, No/ Fake Lawn, Yes: I always feel like a bit of a loony landscape designer recommending synthetic lawn, but my clients love it and I have to say, i love it too. If you edge it, it can look quite modern, and well, edgy. I have it on our roof and it is edged with Ipe wood...no watering, no mowing, no nothing, and always green. Clients with kids and dogs have raved about it to me too--completely hose-able, so always clean. I have seen it used vertically in a similar way (edged with a metal) and it gave a really blah wall a much needed boost in texture and color. View Product Website
AWESOME CONCEPT:PRESERVED MOSS Its concept re-interprets the 'green wall' by using essentially what are naturally preserved (eh hem, 'dead)' plants. This is a pretty great idea, considering vertical green walls are costly, and the opposite of 'green' in that they need a lot of water, maintenance, time, and money. They use naturally preserved plants, guaranteed for up to five years, and this system does not require water, soil, or sun. View Product Website
Dried Grasses: Are you looking for green inside, but don't like houseplants?? I included this element in this section because Nettleton Hollow is a great place to keep in mind for great looking dried plants that look great in interior or exterior settings. Dried grasses, branches, and flowers can not only breathe life into a space but also a splash of color and an unusual and unpredictable form. And of course, the benefit of no watering needs, which is nice. View Product Website
WAVE TILES: Scott Daniel Design, a brooklyn- based studio headed by Scott Daniel Strickstein, has a a beautiful collection of lighting, furniture and wall art, and is known for his highly textural surfaces. I came across this work at the ICFF show in NYC. He invented a material called Cmesh, a ceramic-coated metal mesh that can be sculpted and draped, and is in mesh form so it is able to emit light. View Product Website
The Maidenhair Fern: one of the most delicate and lovely of houseplants. Loves shade, moist, rich and acidic soil. Be careful not to overwater.
The Asparagus Fern: I love this plant and have a few of my own. They seriously demand so little and give so much. I put miracle grow sticks in the planter and find it infuses them with much needed boost every few months. Keep a spray bottle handy, and prune when needed.
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