The JDA Blog

Tips, industry updates, and recommended reading!

Inviting Garden with Room for Outdoor Entertaining

Working with smaller spaces can be a challenge. Not thinking outside the box can send home owners in the direction of not getting the results they wish for. Not loving the end product after putting time, money and hard work into the project can be a haunting reminder...

Questions To Ask Your Landscape Designer Before Signing Anything

With so many factors that play a role, selecting the best landscape designer can be tricky. If you’re considering working with a landscape designer, finding the right fit — and avoiding surprises midway through the project — is largely about knowing which questions to...

Get Year-Round Beauty With Matrix Planting in Your Garden

Benjamin Vogt, Owner of Monarch Gardens LLC,  wrote an article about creating a matrix planting earlier this month and reminded me of just how beautiful matrix gardens can be when a client requests a sustainable landscape option. What Is Matrix Planting? A matrix...

10 Landscape Design Tips from Frederick Law Olmsted

If you've never tackled a landscape design before, you might be overwhelmed by all the choices you can make. Keep reading to see 10 landscape design tips from the founding father of landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted. 1. Respect “genius of the place”....

Who Is Frederick Law Olmsted?

Frederick Law Olmsted, Father of American Landscape Architecture Frederick Law Olmsted (1822–1903) is considered the father of American landscape architecture and some of his best-known works remain iconic to this day. Central Park and Prospect Park in New York, the...

Make This Year’s Garden Your Best Yet

Thought I'd get spring fever back on track and share some spring gardening ideas! Check out 10 Ways to Make the Most of Your Garden This Spring, first shared by Houzz Contributor & landscape designer, Lauren Dunec Hoang! 1. Plant spring-blooming perennials. For an...