All of our planting schemes, whether a cottage-style garden, a wetlands planting, an office park or a woodland habitat planting consist of varying plant type, form, and ultimate height and spread along with different flowering and fruiting characteristics.
We refer to this as a layered look which provides a three-dimensional aspect with a pleasant interplay of light, shadow, color, form and texture. I live in a community designed by the Olmsted firm, who designed Central Park, and this simple design parameter was at the core of their work. Our plant material is primarily field grown, balled and burlapped material which we buy directly from a preferred network of specialty growers.
When planting lawns we have always paid close attention to soil preparation and amendment in order to minimize the use of any ongoing fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, etc. The Olmsted firm was the original creator of habitat, as it is now called, since they created and recreated natural colonies of forest canopy, understory plantings, subshrubs, groundcovers etc.
I have always followed their adherence to natural order, with a nod
toward contemporary requirements as necessary. We have worked in this fashion on projects as small as a front doorway adjacent to the existing woods to a 57 acre property where the hedgerows were all planted in the English tradition. We currently travel a 175 mile radius for challenging work, but will entertain any requests regardless of location.