No matter the weather, we continue working on our projects. Our Landfare Ltd. team is ready for anything! The exterior renovation of this river front home is moving forward, with stonework nearly complete. We like documenting before and during photos so you can see where we started and the ultimate, beautiful outcome. Can’t wait for our landscape design to be installed. It will be amazing!
If you love the sound of birds singing and enjoy sightings of cardinals, gold finches and robins in your backyard, there are trees and shrubs that will attract them through every season. We suggest trees that will enhance the landscape design and offer shelter and food for native birds. Some of our favorites at Landfare Ltd. include:
This ornamental tree is popular in Central Ohio because it blooms white, pink or red flowers in the spring – always a welcome sight after a cold winter. In fall, their scarlet berries attract robins, bluebirds, thrushes, cardinals and many other species of bird.
These medium sized trees have beautiful spring blossoms but it is their fall fruits that are winter-persistent that make birds sing! There are several varieties available, with some bearing fruit as small as 1/4″ round, which makes the easy for robins, bluebirds, cardinals, finches and other birds to easily eat.
Northern Bayberry Shrub
A semi-evergreen shrub, the Northern Bayberry is known for its fragrant, waxy, silver-gray berries that stay on the shrub throughout the year. Tree swallows and bluebirds love the fruit and often will nest in the shrub.
This shrub is most beautiful in the fall when it shows brilliant red foliage. That’s also when its winter persistent fruit ripens, attracting robins, bluebirds, cardinals, chickadees and starlings.
Unless you have a very large lot where trees can be planted far from your entertaining and service areas, we do suggest avoid planting any Mulberry trees. While they are lovely and birds certainly do enjoy their summer fruit, they among the messier trees, with berries staining whatever they fall on.
Creating a landscape sanctuary for you and native birds is part of the process we work through at Landfare Ltd.
Custom built wrought iron railing is being installed at our client’s terraced outdoor living space. Landfare Ltd. created a total redesign of their property. The lower terrace did not exist until we excavated about six feet of dirt to create a whole new entertaining space, including a pool!
If you look at the window you can see how we incorporated the existing brick into our design. That’s what we mean by Capturing Nature Through ™.
When a client asks us to re-imagine their outdoor entertaining spaces, we dig deep and create something out of nothing. For this space, we dug six feet below the existing ground level, created a terrace, installed a swimming pool, replaced the existing window with French doors, matched the home’s limestone brickwork, built a surrounding limestone walls for privacy and built a stairway from the new upper terrace to the lower terrace. Landscaping is in progress and custom designed and fabricated wrought iron railings are in production. That is definitely a space re-imagined!
Landfare Ltd. has a definite vision for the outdoor living spaces we design and build for our clients. Our designs are based on a deep understanding of what each client is looking for, their lifestyle and how they want to use their spaces. And our work must always enhance the client’s home and improve how they enjoy their home. 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 own work and our clients’ homes.
One of the most enduring design combinations is designing both water and fire elements into outdoor living spaces. For this property, we created outdoor entertainment spaces that offer the family multiple living environments they can enjoy through every season. Adjacent to the fireplace , chains of copper rings are featured in the custom designed water feature. The result: a subtle waterfall that helps create the peaceful atmosphere these homeowners wanted.
Creating custom designed landscape designs for smaller outdoor spaces is the kind of challenge that our design team enjoys. For this condominium patio we created a stunning water feature that was a focal point in the day, at night, and throughout the year. Designed and built by the Landfare Ltd. team, this unique water feature anchors the patio. To further define this private paradise we surrounded the patio with exotic plantings that are both in ground and in urns. Luxurious outdoor furnishings and accessories add another layer of richness.
While working on installing the landscape design plan on this property, the team at Landfare Ltd. discovered a 1950s era planter that the homeowner had forgotten about. Our designer knew immediately that it could be a beautiful, elegant fountain that would enhance the home’s landscape. After the piece was cleaned and repaired, 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. The new prominently placed water feature comes alive day and night, through every season.
Color Creates Drama
The Landfare Ltd. approach to design is very specific: we design and create outdoor living spaces that look and function beautifully, and transcend time or trend. Our motto, Capturing Nature Through Timeless Design™, tells the story of what we do.
When we begin creating a landscape design we consider the home’s architecture because we believe outdoor living spaces must enhance, not fight, with that architecture. We look at the home’s interior design and the choices the homeowners have made because we believe moving from indoors to outdoors should be a seamless transition.
The selection of hardscape materials like pavers and bricks should look as if they have been part of the home’s design from the beginning, not an afterthought. Pools, spas and water features should help create the ambiance not distract from it. Planting materials must work together to bring color and life to each season.
As homeowners update or renovate their homes, our landscape design evolves, too. New exterior structures, like garages or home additions, demand a thoughtful approach to enhancing the original landscape design. Through our long-term relationships with clients we are able to collaborate with them to create new outdoor living spaces and landscaping that evolve with the owner’s vision for their home.
Same Entrance with Redesigned Walkway and Landscaping
This home’s original landscape design, as seen on the left, was installed about 10 years ago, and continued to look very appealing. But the homeowners embarked on an extensive renovation that included an addition to the home. The new design, on the right, adds balance to the home’s architecture. The original gate and columns remain with a new bluestone paver walkway that leads directly to the front porch. The differences are substantial yet subtle, giving the home timeless curb appeal.
Just as interior design choices evolve, so do landscape designs. We think of it as a lovely symphony of design selections and professional installation that work together to create timeless outdoor environments for our clients. Each piece is carefully selected to ensure a beautiful finale!
Our complete redesign of a long-time Upper Arlington client’s property was featured in the August 2018 issue of Housetrends Magazine. Elegant and timeless design make each new feature blend seamlessly with the home’s architecture.
The article shared some of the photos taken by Dan Feldcamp during the magazine’s photo shoot, but not all of the beautiful photos, so we created a gallery to showoff all the photos taken. See all the photos here. You can also read the article here.