By Adaliz Lorenz. Kitchen Room. Published at Monday, March 11th, 2019 - 08:52:38 AM.
Edibles. Eating healthy has inspired homeowners to grow their own produce, and for some, it adds an element of fun. Though small square footage will necessitate paring down the list of possibilities, some vegetables are propagated specifically for their small size, such as tomatoes, artichokes, and carrots, says Edward Furner, a landscape architect with Mariani Landscape in Lake Bluff, Ill., outside Chicago. Certain fruit trees have also been genetically developed for smaller spaces such as peaches, nectarines, and some citrus. To both eliminate a lot of kneeling and bending, try using galvanized horse troughs or big pots for planting since they dont require construction, suggests Sacramento, Calif.-based landscape designer Michael Glassman, co-author with this writer of The Garden Bible (Images Publishing, 2015). Edible flowers could also be considered. To make watering easy, add drip irrigation or soaker hoses.
More attention is being paid to using all outdoor areas, including urban rooftops. But working on outdoor spaces that are high up adds additional challenges. Make sure your clients consult a structural engineer to determine how much furniture, decking, and soil a terrace, balcony, or roof can support and how to transport those items up top. Where an elevator may not be large enough, a crane is required, which increases costs, says landscape architect Marc Nissim, owner of the Harmony Design Group in Westfield, N.J. Landscape designer Amber Freda, whose eponymous firm is based in New York, helped clients with a garden in that citys West Village neighborhood where restrictions limited them to 35 pounds per square foot. The building also didnt have an elevator. Her solution: lightweight potting soil and custom red cedar planters.
These therapy gardens arent just for those seeking relief, however, says Langrall, who also writes the “Santa Fe in Bloom” column for the Santa Fe New Mexican. “Caregivers may find it helpful to escape outside for a few minutes to relieve their stress,” she adds. With interest in therapy gardens growing, its important that youre able to help clients understand what elements they might want to incorporate, including plants, hardscape, and architectural features. And if you land a listing that already has this kind of garden, make sure you understand how it can help a home stand out amid less nurturing inventory.
Landscape designer Laurie Van Zandt, founder of The Ardent Gardener in Huntsville, Utah, finds her clients with smaller yards are just as happy. “Most want to putter [in the yard] but dont want to be gardeners,” she says. More clients want to sit with a cup of coffee or glass of wine and enjoy their outdoor space than be wedded to the ongoing weeding and maintenance that larger gardens often require. However, gardens shouldnt be done away with completely. Greenery in small or large doses benefits a home owners physical and psychological well-being, and it may also help sell a listing faster and for a better price. In New York, Amber Freda, a landscape designer who founded Amber Freda Garden Design 15 years ago, has seen her business grow steadily. “The amount of finished outdoor gardens rather than raw spaces has increased. They definitely are a selling feature, especially when they have some features such as outlets for electricity, faucets for water, and a gas line for a grill,” she says.
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