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Annuals and Perennials



  • Before you get in your car to go plant shopping, evaluate the areas in your garden where you want annuals. Measure the size of the spaces, know the sun and shade patterns throughout the day, think about how the areas will be viewed and take stock of what plants are nearby.


  • In a bed of strictly annuals — unless you're buying a mix of plants that is intended to go together, as with some pansies — stick to larger quantities of a few types of plants, rather than the over-busy look of a few of everything.


  • Not all plants need to have flowers to be great additions to the garden. Foliage plants such as coleus, Persian shield, 'Magilla' perilla, Joseph's coat and copper leaf add color and texture whether used as filler or focal point.


  • Color combinations can complement, contrast or match. Too much contrast can be jarring, and too much of the same color can be monotonous. Use several colors in a limited palette that work well together for a cohesive and pleasing look. Arrange samples on the ground at the garden center to see if they will work — chances are, if they look good together in a flat, they'll look good in the garden!


  • Repeat colors and forms to lead the eye through the garden.


  • Use a variety of textures to give the garden energy. Too many plants with either a fine or a bold texture can be boring to look at.


  • If you're tucking annuals into a perennial bed, keep in mind the ultimate sizes of the annuals and the perennials so that none of the plants are later overwhelmed by their neighbors.


New Lawn


You've just bought or built a new house with a bare landscape and lots of mud where a lush green lawn should really be. You're into the installation phase of your landscaping and it's now time to put in the lawn. There are two ways to get a new lawn, and both have their pros and cons. Laying sod is the fastest way to an instant lawn, but it is also the most expensive by far, and still requires immaculate subsurface preparation.


A new lawn can also be installed from seed. This requires a bit of effort up front and will take some time to mature into the lush green lawn of your dreams, but is much cheaper than sod, especially over larger areas. Before you start, there are a couple of important things to consider.


  • First off is the planting time. The optimal time to start a lawn from seed is either in early spring or in late summer/early fall. The intense heat of a northern summer can be hard on newly sprouted baby grass, and makes the effort much more challenging. The experts consider early spring best, but late summer works well too, as long as the grass has had an opportunity to sprout and set roots before the frosts set in.


  • It is impossible to overstate the importance of a good subsurface before you ever begin the planting process. Think of installing a new lawn as laying a carpet; rather than hiding them, a new carpet will show any imperfections, even the very smallest, in the floor surface underneath. It's the same with your lawn; it doesn't cover imperfections, it actually magnifies them!


If you envision fresh summer smells wafting from the grill, friends laughing around a table and kids making s’mores at the fire pit, don’t let a poorly constructed patio, or no patio at all, prevent you from realizing your dream this summer. 

A nicely constructed patio adds to your landscape and improves the overall exterior of your home, increasing its value. Once you’ve decided how you intend to use it, contact Artisan so we can help determine the right size, materials and location. 

Homeowners typically choose from four general materials: pavers, natural stone, concrete and gravel. No two projects are identical, so material costs vary based on what’s selected and where you live. Also, there are many different add-ons you can have installed with your new patio:

  • Fireplace or Fire Pit
  • Pergola
  • Outdoor Kitchens
  • Sitting Walls
  • Etc.





If your lawn looks like a swamp every time you get a heavy rain, you probably have drainage issues. Either the water isn’t flowing away from your house properly or your lawn is too flat to drain water effectively.  Any water that stands near your house is just looking for a way to enter your foundation, which can lead to serious problems.  Also, excessive moisture in a yard can interfere with recreational activities, limit landscaping options or make mowing and other maintenance tasks difficult.  One possible way to address a wet yard involves installing underground drain tiling that extends from problematic low spots in the landscape to an appropriate outlet such as a ditch or swale. Installing the drain tiles, or perforated piping, properly helps to ensure that the system will function efficiently for an extended period of time.

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