Client wanted to decrease their lawn and requested native plants to help pollinators and so they could join the Beecatur movement and take the pollinator pledge (www.beecaturga.com). They wanted tall, summertime privacy from the heavily trafficked street, with no particular colour palette so we chose a natural yet not too wild and unkempt looking mix of orange and yellow matrix with occasional pops of white and pink. We put in Georgia natives plus a couple of bee favorites that are native to the west coast and all the pollinators went wild! In the 2019 Georgia pollinator census they counted over 30 different insect species and 250 visits.
Client requested native plants with significant evergreen foliage for winter interest to block the fence view and also the traffic noise from the street. The site was tricky as there were 3 kinds of soil in 3 joined locations; mesic woodland, ultisol, and sandy loam. We amended each kind of soil accordingly to our soil test results and used alkaline, clay, and sand loving plants respectively for each location and it made for a really diverse plant ecosystem with a rock garden in it's center, evergreen vines and shrubs along the back line, and creeping/trailing perennials to hang over the modern railway sleeper wall. We used over 30 different specimens - many endemic just to Georgia, and other south eastern natives, to create a poly culture. The colour palette was subtley mixed and varied depending on bloom time to give four season colour. We had to be super careful to pick plants that wouldn’t cause any contact dermatitis if their almost 3 year old touched it. They were on a low budget so we used young plants that will fill in later. The client later added on a full back yard install. Image shown is 6 months post install and still in infancy stages. Sleeper wall will gray over time and match fence colour. Garden decorations and child shown are clients own and not part of the design :)
Client was frustrated with her generic installation of hostas, ferns, hellebores, and heuchera which are the standard go tos in Atlanta for shade gardens. She wanted a riotous cottage feel, lots of colour, and plenty of pollinators.
We added trellises painted to match her home for vines and intense French blue pots for façade decoration. We added an evergreen back line of dwarf Kalmia latifolia for spring and winter interest, plus dwarf Hydrangea quercifolia for summer interest. Also evergreen Clematis viorna 'Richard Ware' vines for the trellises, reused some hostas and hellebores for structure and added 15 native perennials for spring, summer, and fall blooms, all with a blue, purple and pink colour palette to suit the gray home. Client was delighted she could have so many blooms in complete shade. Current image is 8 months post install and still in infancy.
Client was tired with her dark, untidy and overgrown courtyard and wanted to spruce things up to put the home on the market. She wanted a modern cottage feel, and we decided on a coral and white colour palette to suit the existing gray with blue accent home colours. We painted the back wall white to open up the space to more light and we reused the existing seating due to budget constraints. The aspect light was full shade at one end and full sun at the other and she wanted 100% evergreen and year round colour so we used a nice mix of cottage style plants - but also larger leaved to add to the contemporary look - with the majority being native. She wanted to keep her confederate jasmine vine so we custom made, painted, and fitted a modern square lattice trellis to her courtyard fence interior and relocated the vine there. Current images are immediately post install and still in infancy stages. Client plans to add lighting and wall planters when budget allows.
10 / 3 / 2021
Installed 68 native species for Robert Cain Architect commercial offices becoming first commercial office in Atlanta eligible for gold status with both the GNPS and Georgia Audobon
10 / 5 / 2021
We are proud to announce that our Cain specimen garden will be part of the Atlanta Design Festival 2021
10/9/21 10am - 4pm
242 11th Street NE Atlanta 30309
10 / 15 / 2021