Boulders often serve as an event on a winding path, a backdrop for perennials and grasses, a focal point and sculptural element in the planting beds. They hold interest through the winter and their solidity brings gravity to the garden beds.
Landscape renovations at Griffis at Union Station luxury apartments consisted of revitalizing a cold, gray courtyard by designing and fabricating double corten steel water features, lush plantings that will survive Denver's tough climate, climbing vines growing from steel planters onto an overhead trellis, and Dog Tuff grass to accommodate an abundance of pets. We also reworked plantings in the pool area to create a beautiful landscape that compliments and grounds the city-scape architecture.
Designed by a PCS Group of Denver, we were contracted to install all of the landscape renovations for the north and east sides of the Academy grounds. This project provided excellent opportunities for us to employ our abilities to read plans, work with another firm and install extensive hardscapes. We were able to complete 95% of the work in-house and build good relationships with all involved on the project.
Charged with the task of creating a landscape palette to reflect and create a visual association with all Griffis Residential properties, we were given a new opportunity for creativity. After developing an intricate plant palette, we designed these gardens to bring a boldness often forgotten in shared community landscapes. The the vibrancy of these plants is coupled with the genteel softness of their delicate hues.
Situated along Denver’s legendary High Line Canal and trail, in this project we focused on creating beauty and luster in the shared community landscapes. We chose the noteworthy Muhlenbergia reverchonii (Undaunted Ruby Muhly Grass), known for its pink plumes and airy texture as the connecting thread of the spaces. Always desiring to incorporate existing, flourishing plant material if at all possible in our projects, we borrowed from and added to the Miscanthus sinensis Gracillimus (Maiden Grass), incorporating complementary perennials alongside these grasses.
We designed our new shared landscape spaces to fit against the backdrop of the classic brick facades and traditionally laid out garden spaces. We began by expanding the existing garden spaces, augmented the existing plant palette by adding a variety of native and well-adapted grasses, shrubs to compliment the traditional architecture and perennials to add variety and color. We used rounded river rock boulders to match existing stones and authenticate the nature of the gardens.
Replacing failing sod with perennial plantings, we were able to create a depth of color and texture in a formerly stultifying landscape. Thanks to mossy boulders, a stone patio, new trees and many extended and new garden areas, the stroll to the leasing office of this apartment community is now far from a dispassionate landscape experience.
Combining a plant palette of grasses all native to the prairies of North America, perennials to provide summer as well as winter interest and texture and shrubs from the Rocky mountains to provide evergreen color, this project is filled with natural wonder. The mighty sandstone boulders cut from the foothills of the Front Range add in creating a natural and native vibe to these Littleton tenements.
Studio R Interiors
Formerly a home in an older residential neighborhood, Studio R Interiors had a vision to transform the dated house into a chic design studio. Partnering with their vision, we were able to design a landscape whose beauty compliments classic architecture of the building while bringing color and life to the garden through a variety of perennials well-adapted to the Colorado climate.
This shared community landscape previously lacked a common thread tying the landscape together as a whole. Our goal was to create beauty by bringing about a strong sense of rhythm, harmony and order in the landscape. Using repeating elements and themes, we designed and installed these gardens to offer the feeling of vibrancy and vitality found in nature. The bold forms of the river rock boulders possess a subtle but strong presence, anchoring the perennial and shrub plantings to the earth while their branches and blooms create dazzling arabesques of texture and color.