Hellebores – Harbingers of Spring in the Pacific Northwest

by Seattle Landscape Architect Brooks Kolb It’s been an especially wet and cold winter in the Pacific Northwest, but we’re finally beginning to see the first signs of spring.  Winter-blooming Witch Hazels and Camellias have already finished flowering, and now is the time for Hellebores to take center stage.  No Hellebore species is more popular

What’s Blooming in January?

by Seattle Landscape Architect Brooks Kolb When we think of a garden bursting into bloom, we automatically think of spring, and in the Pacific Northwest that means March and April. However, that doesn’t mean that no plants are blooming in January and February, when the garden still appears to be mostly dead. In addition to

Should I stain my fence?

By Seattle Landscape Architect Brooks Kolb: Clients often ask me, ‘what should I do about my fence?’ I always tell them, stain it or paint it a dark, warm color, such as dark warm gray, charcoal, deep olive green, or even black. The green foliage and vibrant colors of plants really “pop” against a dark

Great Plant Picks for Winter

Snowberry – Symphoricarpos albus Arnold Promise Witch Hazel – Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’ Star Magnolia – Magnolia stellata I always tell my clients that a Seattle garden should be designed with winter in mind.  If a garden looks good in winter, it’s almost guaranteed that it will look really great in spring and summer. 

Presenting a new blog on landscape architecture

In the coming days, look for new posts on landscape design from Seattle Landscape Architect and garden designer Brooks Kolb.

Outdoor fire options

Many people love the idea of having an outdoor fire and ask me to design a “fire pit” for them.  However, to me the term “fire pit” implies that the fire is lit on the ground, usually in the donut hole of a ring of paving.  I always advise against that, because when the fire

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Evergreen Scree…

Evergreen Screen Planting for Tight Spaces Every garden, no matter how large, has a tight space where the property line runs close and the neighbor’s house or another unsightly object looms.  Typically, urban side yards are only 5 feet wide, so your bathroom window ends up looking directly into your neighbor’s window, only 10 feet

Barkitecture at the Design Center on Thursday, May 24

Everyone who reads this blog is invited to “Barkitecture” at the Seattle Design Center, from 6 to 8 PM on Thursday, May 24.   Sponsored by “Luxe” Magazine Seattle, this fun auction will benefit the Humane Society and one other charity.   Ten talented Seattle area design teams are asked to design a dog house or work

Volunteer Park Landmark Designation Wins Historic Seattle Preservation Award By Brooks Kolb, ASLA

At the Fourth Annual Historic Seattle Preservation Awards Ceremony, held at the Good Shepherd Center in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood on May 15, 2012, The Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks (FSOP) received the Community Advocacy Award for the Volunteer Park Landmark Designation.  One of eight awards given by Historic Seattle in 2012, the Community Advocacy Award

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