While choosing your dream garden design, its crucial to keep in mind the character, style and personality of your home. Versatility is the key to creating a garden where you and your family will spend many memorable hours together. Pulling the elements that are unique and eye-catching is what Jerry Parmenter owner of Elemental Landscapes Inc. achieves with his landscape designs.

Most gardens are characterized by simplicity and functionality. The key is to create a garden that is controlled and organized. Everything has a place and everything should stay in its place. Neat hedges and repeating patterns help to achieve a harmonious look. With many styles ranging from contemporary gardens, oriental gardens, modern gardens or classic gardens Elemental Landscapes can guide you and implement an exterior design to mirror the interior of your home.

You can have a lawn, of course, but you should also consider other materials on the ground. In the backyard, it can be stone paths. In the front yard, it can be a patio and some paths made of wood. Granite is an excellent choice. If you decide for slate, make sure the overall surface is uniform and neat. Pebbles are also interesting to use. Flagstone and other natural stones are ideal for walkways, driveways, patios, stone mulch, borders, accents and more. Choose colors that blend or contrast. You can mix types, sizes, and textures for a casual, natural look. Use ground cover and stone to segment the landscape into areas or to highlight some design element.

Elemental Landscapes offers a complete design and consultation service for your property. They’re experienced staff will survey your site and create a freehand or autocad design with site specific plant selection suitable for your landscape. Jerry and his staff will work with and guide “do it yourselfers” in the installation of planting beds. Stop at booth 336 at the Times Union Home Expo and chat with Jerry, spring is right around the corner, start planning your garden today!

I’m excited to meet with over 130 vendors this year at the 37th Annual Home Expo! There are many exciting events planned this year as well as the Beekman Boys in the house on Saturday February 11th at 2:00pm! See you soon…

Stay tuned for more Adventures in Styleland.


Michele Conti


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