When one hears the word vision, some other words come to mind: idea, plan, imagination, final product, etc. All of these words work, and make sense. Typically when I hear the word vision along with these words, I hear: important, priority, must, and goal. Vision is important in many aspects of life: where do you envision yourself in the future? Your vision on the sports field, your vision in the workplace, and so forth. Without vision it is very hard to succeed and excel in any life endeavor.

Vision may very well be the most important trait I have for the success of our company. I say this because every client who has sought us out has a picture, an image, a vision in their mind of what their dream landscape would be. Bringing their vision to life on the other hand is my "job." I put the word job in quotes because it is far from a job for me, it is more of an honor to do what I love rather than a job. That being said, have you ever had someone just get you, or see things just the way you do? Well, that is our goal. Often we quickly find out that we are on the same page with the client from the start. If that is not the case, we have steps to get there.

The steps consist of, 1) Open line of communication: sit down, talk, share ideas, email pictures, text ideas, etc. 2) Sketch renderings for quick visualization to narrow down the top design ideas. 3) Ask questions: questions about form and function. By following these simple steps, we will have the same vision; which ultimately is the key to success.

Our goal has always been to exceed the client's expectations and bring their vision to life. We continue to reach our goal with hard work, drive, and creativity. Hopefully this post has sparked a vision for you!

AuthorJoseph Amendola

We all know that the winter can make our lawns, gardens, and landscapes look tired, plain, and boring. There are things you can do to brighten it up! Even a small change or touch of color may be all you need to keep your property looking “alive.”

Bringing a focal point to your landscape will not only serve as a beautiful yet subtle feature in the warmer months, it will catch the eye during the bleak months as well. For example, flowing water serves as an attention-getter throughout the winter when everything else on your property is motionless. Likewise, a configuration of boulders will bring a pop to the less dramatic landscape. Sculptures and garden structures like arbors and unique planters can also lend visual interest in contrast to their surroundings, especially in the drab winter months.

For your garden, planting flowering shrubs when all other plants are asleep will definitely brighten up your landscape. These bloomers will add color and will help you look forward to the warmer months ahead. The Hudson Valley is considered a Zone 6 for plantings. Consider these colorful species to add to your landscape:

  • Winter Hazel (Corylopsis): Delicate, yellow flowers hang from bare branches
  • Blue Holly (Ilex x meserveae): Bright red berries look stunning against the fallen snow

Adding evergreens to your property can also bring color to drab days. Along with green, the color brown can make its own bold statement. A bare deciduous tree against a curtain of green brings structure and style to almost any planting.

Our sense of smell can be aroused in the winter months as well. Witch Hazel (Hamamelis sp.), in yellow or orange varieties, has a sweet fragrance, regardless of how cold it may be in the Hudson Valley. Or you may prefer Sweet Box (Sarcococca ruscifolia), which infuses a pleasant vanilla scent to the air and produces black berries that provide additional color and pizzazz.

Alongside your landscape, your home may be the key to brightening up the winter days. Splashing your entry door with a new, bold color can brighten up the facade. Be sure to use the correct paint and watch out for plunging temps (cold weather will prolong the drying process). Or, adding new or fresh paint to a well-maintained fence will not only brighten your day, it may be a great addition to meet neighborhood standards. Painting or staining your fence every 2-3 years will best protect it against the elements.

And finally, why not continue the holiday cheer? Even though there will be plenty of winter to go after the holidays are over, you can keep the fun alive. Leave up your holiday lights on trees, birdbaths, and fountains. Lights brighten a winter landscape, while enhancing property safety and security.

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AuthorJoseph Amendola