Inspiring Fall Colors

Selecting the proper trees for your home’s landscape is an important part of the design process. At Landfare Ltd., we take into consideration your lot size, adjacency to your home or other structures and how you may want each type of tree selected to perform. Are big shade trees important, or do you prefer evergreens? Many of our clients want to ensure their trees provide a healthy habitat for birds. And nearly every one wants their landscape to provide a colorful show in the fall.

We’ve selected a few of our favorite trees, all that will give you that prototypical Ohio fall foliage display that announces fall.

Red Sunset Maples are beautiful throughout the year: winter buds, clusters of small spring flowers, stems and winged summer fruits all in a striking red hue. But when fall leaves burst out in red and orange, the result is show-stopping color that really epitomizes the perfect fall display of color. The Red Sunset is a large tree – 454 to 50 feet tall with a 25 to 40 feet spread – and while it offers wonderful green leafed shade in the summer, it’s the fall foliage that makes the biggest impact on your landscape.

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Patio Esplendido

One would never expect to see a hacienda in Grandview Heights, OH but it is there, and Landfare Ltd. was brought in to create outdoor living spaces that matched the Mission/Pueblo architecture of the home. Selecting materials was critical to the project. From Choctaw and Morgan Tan flagging for the patio floors and the impressive fireplace to conifers, grasses and flower plantings, all had to work together to create the perfect hacienda ambiance. “It’s just where we want to be,” said the homeowner about their breathtaking outdoor living spaces.

See more photos and read the complete Housetrends Magazine article here.

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Fireplaces

A warm fire sets the ambiance on a chilly fall night. Just picture relaxing by your custom designed fireplace chatting with friends and sipping a glass of wine. Perfect! John Spayde, President and Designer at Landfare Ltd. starts his design plan by talking with clients to learn how they will most often use their fireplace: game day supporting actor, s’mores with the kids, or relaxing retreat.  Then he begins the design process, making sure all elements enhance your outdoor living spaces and the ways you choose to use them.

The Landfare Story

Landscape design wasn’t John Spayde’s first career choice, but it may be his destiny.

Growing up in Mansfield, Ohio, John was surrounded by lush, natural landscape. His family owned a wholesale nursery and tree farm where John worked during each summer. The nursery taught him as much about horticulture as it did about hard work and attention to details. John learned to appreciate the trees and shrubbery, valuing each for the seasonal beauty they brought to landscape design.

John’s mother, a talented member of the Kingswood Garden Center, nurtured her own flower garden and won many awards for her beautiful flower arrangements. John grew up surrounded by flowers, trees and garden design that worked in harmony.

Read more about John Spayde and Landfare Ltd. here.

Details Define Each Project

Front porches and patios offer wonderful opportunities to display containers filled with plants and flowers. At Landfare Ltd, each element must support the overall property design. John Spayde, Landfare Ltd. principle and designer, knew this client’s front entrance deserved something dramatic and elegant to welcome visitors.  These Italian urns are the perfect contrast for this French country home’s limestone porch and steps.  The featured boxwoods are 28 years old, trained and trimmed to perfection – not a random choice at all!. Seasonal flowers and greenery work with foliage and blooms throughout the property. It is all of these details that bring the best out in your landscape.

 

Climbing Hydrangea: One of Our Favorites

For this home, we added climbing hydrangea to the chimney to create a balance between the tree to the right and the lower landscaping details. Although the hydrangea was not in bloom at the point this photo was taken, it will feature large, fragrant clusters of white flowers that bloom in late spring and summer against a backdrop of dark green, heart-shaped foliage. These vines climb columns, trees, and other supporting structures. A climbing hydrangea plant grows 30 to 80 feet tall, but it tolerates pruning to shorter heights.

 

Pools That Can Be Enjoyed Throughout The Year

There is nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than cooling off in a beautiful swimming pool, but it can be just as relaxing in the winter! For many homeowners, a swimming pool and spa are an important part of their year ‘round outdoor entertaining plans. Creating a custom pool and spa worthy of discerning clients requires both design creativity and building expertise. Landfare Ltd. brings both to every project.

While there are many ways to consider a pool project, Landfare Ltd. has a very specific approach to ensure that all outdoor living spaces are designed to enhance the home’s architecture and provide the functionality homeowners want. All Landfare Ltd. designs reflect the company motto: Capturing Nature Through Timeless Design™.

It Begins With A Detailed Plan

Before construction begins, we meet with our clients to discuss their vision and dream list. Together we determine how they will most often use the pool, spa and surrounding areas: sports activities (like pool volleyball), leisure activities or active swimming and diving. These, along with space allocation and budget, help guide our design recommendations.

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Quiet Pride™

Landfare Ltd. has a definite vision for the outdoor living spaces we design for our clients. Part of that vision is that all of our work must enhance the esthetic of each client’s home. Our designs and all the elements we incorporate – water features, pools, spas, landscape – all work together to project the pride our clients have for their homes. We never create trendy or ostentatious designs that conflict with the home’s architecture and property.

While discussing this vision as a team, we agreed that we really project Quiet Pride™ in both our clients’ homes and our own work.

Sculptural Water Feature

Custom designed water features are one of the exciting design elements that we bring to our clients during the design process. Whether re-purposing homeowner’s art and sculpture or creating a totally new design, water features are a wonderful way to customize your property. 

The team at Landfare Ltd. discovered an 1950s era planter on a client’s property. Our designer, knew immediately that this could be a beautiful and elegant fountain that would enhance the home and property. After the piece was leveled, a copper pedestal with multiple channels was designed and fabricated. The water capture basin was designed with a Greek keystone design, again in copper, to tie back to the original concrete piece.  Our crew brought plumbing and electrical to make the new water feature come alive day and night.

See more of our custom water features here.

Some of Our Favorite Trees

Saucer Magnolia

Long-lasting and vibrant landscape design requires trees, shrubs and plants that not only work well together but can thrive in our climate. Some of our favorite ornamental trees are in the magnolia family.

Star Magnolia

Generally, they bloom in the spring and create a torrent of color – a very welcome sight after a midwest winter. The blooms are white or pink and though they look delicate, they are very hardy. Saucer magnolia is quite common and always a great selection. The flowers on the star magnolia are white and they do look like stars!

When selecting any tree, it’s critical to consider its location – the growth both in height and width impact overall landscape design.