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Landscape Design and Gardening

The taste, culture, and overall personality of an individual are reflected through a number of aspects, among which the residence is considered to be one of the most important. A cozy and warm home to return to, after a long tiring day is many people’s dream. A beautiful garden outside that home would be the perfect combination to relax. Therefore landscape design, plays a very crucial role in decorating and enhancing the beauty of a garden.

While designing a landscape for the garden, the first task would be to decide the area where the garden can be placed. It is also important to keep in mind to leave areas for other necessary activities such as space for the kids to play, place for the clothesline, and the way leading from the gate to the main door. Once the area has been decided, the next thing is to choose the right plants and herbs to decorate the garden based on the area. There are different plants for shady and sunny areas, and the soil type of the garden – you can find the specifics out from books, gardening Web sites, or asking for advice at a local garden center.

Apart from these two basic criteria, the elements used for designing a landscape for the garden would be the color, form, line, texture and scale of the landscape. A person can choose the color of the garden by the color of the plants, such as if a person prefers green color, planting evergreens can keep the garden green throughout the year. The form refers to the shape of the plants in which they are grown and maintained. These may vary from oval, to rectangular, and broad spreading, to columnar spreading. The line is the order in which the plants are grown, keeping in mind the eye movement of the viewer. The texture of the garden can be decided by the foliage or bloom of the plants, which might be soft or course in nature. Scale refers to matching the proportion of the garden with all the other elements surrounding it.

The most interesting part lies in the fact that the homeowners can landscape without professional help, by letting their imagination flow according to their taste and preference. Various courses and books are also available to learn landscape designing.

How the Right Commercial Christmas Decorations Can Enhance the Work Image of a Company

Christmas is a time of year when all the stops are taken out when it comes to putting up special decorations. Rarely, will a holiday ignite such excitement and every business owner is only too aware of how important it is to mark the occasion and embrace the spirit of the time of year. It explains, at least in part, why providing commercial Christmas decorations are a valuable part of the services any forward thinking landscaping company offers.

While interior landscaping is certainly a year round service, providing plants and flowers to enhance any office or commercial space, the arrival of special festive occasions is a golden opportunity for companies to change things around to reflect the time of year.

Christmas is perhaps the biggest and most obvious example. The availability of distinctly festive plants, such as poinsettias, for example, and floral arrangements featuring them, brings the time of year into the work place. Even if artificial plants are used, the positive feelings are harnessed and transferred into the office environment itself.

One might wonder how this enhances the work image of the company. Well, the fact is that by actively embracing the occasion, the company shows itself to be open, fun loving and positive minded. The splashes of color seen around the office, the red poinsettias and holly garlands across the ceiling all show the enthusiasm that the office as a whole is feeling.

Many companies choose to hire decorations, and have the professionals design, and decorate everything, and then remove it all when Christmas is over. Of course, there is a vast range of decorations that can be hired, so here is a selection of those that are available, some of which can be considered essential and some as hugely elaborate.

Holiday Tree

A holiday tree should be considered essential. It is almost unthinkable that holiday decorations can be put up, without a holiday tree being erected. The selection of trees is quite varied with different sizes and different color schemes applied to match the particular environment or decor of the commercial space.

For example, a regular office on any floor of an office building can accommodate a tree of perhaps 7 or 8 feet in height, but a business which sports a large lobby area, such as a hotel for example, could house a tree of 20 feet in height. In each case, the tree can come decorated in gold and red trinkets and baubles, or perhaps in silver and gold. The range of colors is extensive.

Garland and Swags

Other holiday decorations that should not be overlook are garlands, wreaths and swags. In retail premises, garlands are ideal to hang along the length of counters where customers are greeted and assisted, while in offices they can decorate desks, drape the length of office walls, or hand on stairwell hand rails. Swags and wreaths are highly popular to decorate centrally located pillars, as well as the doors and windows of a building.

Finally, holiday floral arrangements can enrich lobby areas, boasting an array of colored foliage, flowers and trinkets in elaborately designed Tuscan urns. The display can be very large, creating a focal point, or can be more discreet with several positioned strategically around the space.

Creating a Winter Scene

While trees and garlands are certainly to be expected, it is possible to add something extra special by having a winter scene depicted. Typically, these scenes are simply fun winter themes, using animals like polar bears, penguins, reindeer or even Santa Claus on snow covered stages. Whatever the characters, they are invariable involved in some winter activity. For example, polar bears skiing with a sign post pointing to the North Pole behind them.

Outdoor Displays

Of course, for many businesses there is also a great opportunity to go the extra mile and take their holiday enthusiasm outside for all to enjoy. These displays are generally larger in scale than what has been created inside. So, the number of poinsettia plants being used may be greater, and the garden urn may be bigger and more decorative. And, because it is outdoor, artificial plants are often used to counter the winter elements.

With the right range of commercial Christmas decorations and displays put in place, it is very possible to enhance the work experience for everyone, bringing holiday cheer into the work place.

Just like every other area of interior landscaping, professional designers can ensure that the very best examples are achieved, the positive work image is maintained.

Solar Landscape Lights – Efficiency

With so many advantages available to a homeowner who wants to select solar lighting as an option, a lot of flexibility is at his disposal while planning the design to lighten up his home and the garden. There are solar landscape lights that are easily available in a range of designs from different manufacturers which are contemporary and sleek. In earlier times, conventional and bulky lights were used to decorate and illuminate the landscaped area of the yard. There are numerous fixtures these days which offer a variety of colors and such fixtures provide a wide range of display and installation options. Homeowners have a great range of choices with solar landscape lights many are easily accessible through retail dealers and many of them advertise online as well.

Investing in solar landscape lights is a good idea as they are almost free of recurring cost and are comparatively free of repair and maintenance hassles, you can be very innovative when planning the locations of these solar landscape lights. There is a huge saving in electricity cost and it helps to protect the environment as well.

Your garden is not a big city roadside so therefore do not go overboard with too much of the solar landscape lights as it will disturb the tranquility and serenity of your landscaped garden in the evening. What you need is reasonably sufficient and soothing light for reasons of safety but you need not use very high power lights here in the evening and the night. High power glowing light beams create the wrong mood and atmosphere since you would like to allow the natural moonlight and the soft light of the stars to be there as well.

There are plenty of solar landscape lights that can be fixed to the ground to create a moonlit night type of feel for the lanes and walkways inside your landscaped garden. Smaller and less intensive solar landscape lights kept at a distance of a few feet gives a great ambience on the driveway. If there are designated pathways in your garden you can light up those routes with soft solar landscape lights for a safe and leisurely walk in the garden. This creates a very soothing and a pleasant atmosphere in your garden.

You should try and keep the fixtures of your lights hidden unless they are attractive and have cosmetic designs on them that can add beauty and look good in the greenery. The design should be planned on the light and not the fixtures. Landscape lights that run on solar energy are a very good option as they are not bulky and are small in size and can be positioned and fixed at the ground level. These lights can be positioned to provide light in areas of choice and necessity, for more intense illumination to be beamed at any desired direction you choose, and the solar light fixture blends and merges easily with the surrounding plants in your garden. A few of the solar landscape lights carefully chosen with identical colors and soothing and pleasant lights help  you to creatively display a  sense of taste and creative styling to the house and the landscaped garden. You can install the solar lighting fixtures on your trees and plants or on a musical water fountain or on a piece of art like on stone statues thus glorifying the landscape.