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Landscape Ideas You Can Use by Chris Peterson

Landscape Ideas You Can Use; The Book

Fountains, rock gardens and landscaping for play are three of the categories featured in the new book “Landscape Ideas You Can Use” by Chris Peterson and published by Creative Publishing International. They also happen to be the three chapters that utilize photos of my work, as Albright-Souza Garden Design, in illustrating specific concepts for homeowners […]

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Succulent Style

Succulents are justifiably stylish at the moment. In recent  years people have come to appreciate what this varied group of plants can bring to a landscape. I still encounter people who think of low—water gardening, with succulents, as only about pokey, spined “cactus” in a barren rockscape.  While it’s true that cactus are succulents….not all […]

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Garden Seating; Entertaining Variety

In the past few weeks my garden has hosted; a simple dinner for three with my friend-since-the-seventh-grade, drinks for a small group of girlfriends who were colleagues-in-a-former-life, appetizers for a current group of colleagues who are all garden designers and a large group of family for an overnight-action-packed- weekend get together. As you can imagine, each […]

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DIY Sunset; Capture Garden Light with Backlit Foliage

Gentle-misty morning light, cool-textural shadow play, sweet-pure winter light…of all the wonderful natural light effects that can enliven our gardens, I think my personal favorite is evening light. That low western beam that signals the settling of the day and which is best experienced with a deep sigh and a nice drink in hand. When […]

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Ready to Play; Designing a Personalized Petanque Court

My client was kind of particular, and if I didn’t get it right I would never hear the end of it. In this case….I was also married to him. Problem solving through design is a kind of puzzle made more challenging the longer the list of needs or restrictions. The backyard once consisted of a […]

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High Romance with Low Water

I have a client who wants a cutting garden and loves pink. I’m happy to say that this classic request can be accommodated with relatively low water and low maintenance. This is what is blooming now, in the February garden, that I brought samples of, to our meeting; Camellia, Narcissus, Manzanita and Australian Fuchsia ‘Sister […]

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Lawn-Less Entry by Albright-Souza Garden Design

Lawn-Less by Design

Been there, done that. That’s how she was feeling about the front lawn. The kids are grown and so are the grand kids, but my client, Marie, is as busy as ever with her many interests and lots of entertaining. She has maintained the classic front yard swath of green grass for many years, but […]

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