Yearly Archives: 2015

Narrow Fence Line Planting

In the suburban New York/New Jersey gardens where I do much of my landscape design work, fences are a part of the landscape. They become, by virtue of the height and length, a major landscape feature–whether intended or not. Creating a … Read more

LABELS: Gardens, landscape designer, Planting Design 4 Comments

Re-Making an Old Garden for a New Family

Often my landscape design clients I ask me to insert some contemporary flavor into an existing landscape. These renovation projects are similar to interior updates in that the new has to dovetail seamlessly with the existing. This family had a … Read more

LABELS: Gardens, Landscape Design, landscape designer, New Jersey, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories 7 Comments

Garden Design Details: Container Planting

For me, it’s the end of container season.  I only plant them for a few clients. Planter design is not a core service of my landscape design practice because I find them to take as much time to prepare for … Read more

LABELS: Containers, Garden Design, Garden Design Details, Gardens, Landscape Design 3 Comments

Contemporary Tiles and the Middle Ages

Sometimes my mind connects the dots in unexpected ways.  I visited ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) in New York over the weekend.  You would think I’d be all mid-mod and forward thinking. But no. I fell for these concrete tiles … Read more

LABELS: France, Gardens, Landscape Design, paving pattern 2 Comments

Magnolia Lust

As part of my job as a landscape designer, I regularly walk the growers and nurseries to see what is new and what looks good.  I learn about plants new to me that I may want to trial and try. … Read more

LABELS: plants 1 Comment

Trials and Neglect in my Home Garden

I’m not a landscape designer who has a wonderfully designed garden that is a terrific advertisement for my craft at my home. I should, I live on a corner, but as I’ve shared here before it’s mostly a neglected mess with good … Read more

LABELS: Gardens, Planting Design, plants 5 Comments

Garden Visit: Filoli

My visit last week to one of the great American gardens, Filoli, in northern California, was a revelation in many ways.  I have wanted to visit since I first saw pictures of it years ago. The garden was designed in … Read more

LABELS: California, formal gardens, Garden Art and Antiques, garden visits, Gardens, Landscape Design, Planting Design, San Francisco, Travel 13 Comments

Green Gardens

Green is a thing. Right now it’s a missing thing. It’s what I miss most during winter and what makes me smile first in the spring–those small green shoots pushing up through frigid earth. I’ve been thinking about making flowerless gardens. Gardens that … Read more

LABELS: Garden Design, Gardens, Landscape Design, landscape designer, Planting Design 10 Comments

My Award Winning Garden Design

Last fall, I entered a garden I designed in New Jersey in 2015 APLD International Landscape Design Awards in the Planting Design category. It was awarded the highest honor, a Gold Award. To be honest, I knew the value of the … Read more

LABELS: Garden Design Details, Gardens, Landscape Design, Planting Design 19 Comments

Design vs. A Sense of Place

I’m not an architecture critic.  I am someone who loves great architecture both contemporary and historic. In my work as a landscape designer part of my focus is to create landscapes and gardens that surround the attendant architecture in such … Read more

LABELS: American Architecture, Gardens, Travel 6 Comments

Garden Travel: Back and Forth

Next week I’m travelling again. This time on a search for garden antiques and vintage in the markets in Paris and parts of Belgium. I am continuing on to Rome for a few days of play after that. For the … Read more

LABELS: American Architecture, Antiques, Garden Art and Antiques, garden visits, Gardens, Miami, susan cohan, Travel 1 Comment