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BEFORE

HEATHMAN BEFORE-FLAGPOLE BED

THE FLAGPOLE BED-the most challenging because of how people stepped into the area and all of the reflected heat from the asphalt

HEATHMAN BEFORE AT THEIR SIGN
Surrounded by lawn and some ugly shrubs, the owner wanted this to be far more attractive as a gateway into the hotel and restaurant.

HEATHMAN ENTRY BEFORE
The small, extremely dry and sunny border at their entry drive.

ONE YEAR LATER

HEATHMAN SHADE BORDER
The only shady border but an important one, because this was also at the street entry.

HEATHMAN FLAGPOLE BORDER 1 YEAR LATER
The flagpole border in the fall one year later.

TWO YEARS LATER
Agapanthus and Geranium
Agapanthus and Geranium in bloom in July in the Hudson's entry border.

THE DESIGN

HEATHMAN PLAN
THE ENTRY ISLAND PLAN-
click the plan to link to a larger view

HEATHMAN-ORDERING THE PLANTS
We used the Heathman ballroom to sequester the plants before planting. This allowed us to place the plants according to the beds they would occupy. We used carts to wheel them out to plant.
HEATHMAN-ORDERING PLANTS
We kept a plan at each area to make sure we had the right bed as well as giving us the number of plants required for that area.
HEATHMAN-ORDERING PLANTS
Below: lining out plants prior to planting at the sign
HEATHMAN-LAYING OUT PLANTS

 

 

Perovskia and Mexican feather grass

July Perovskia and Mexican feather grass in the sign border

 

AFTER

HEATHMAN FLAGPOLE BED AFTER
We edged the entire bed with a compacted gravel 18" strip to allow guests to step out of their cars and 'cramscaped' the bed with a wide variety of plants; perhaps THE most interesting border of all 5

HEATHMAN SIGN BED AFTER
Now the sign is surrounded by low evergreen shrubs, grasses, & perennials that provide color & interest
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HEATHMAN ENTRY BORDER
The entry border after planting.

HEATHMAN HUDSON'S ENTRY
This border began as a wasteland of annuals and an 18" strip of lawn. We removed the lawn and put in a wide array of pereenials with a ribbon of grasses through it. Now there is something of interest at every time of year. This bed gets more water, too.

 

 

 

 

Flagpole border in July

Flagpole border in July


ABOUT PROJECT GOALS DESIGN CONCEPTS
  • As long as they could remember, the staff at The Heathman Lodge had annuals in their primary planting beds. This was a problem because they had to be replaced every year - and it was boring for a long period of time.

  • We identified 5 key beds that they implemented.
  • Make the new planting beds easier to maintain.
  • make the new planting beds more attractive year-round
  • provide plenty of color, specifically stay in the ranges of whites, blues, and purples, which everyone seemed to like
  • The plants in every location could not be very tall so that people could see signs or navigate the parking area unobstructed.
  • the beds are not close together, so tie them together visually
  • Identify key evergreen grasses that would sweep through each bed to create design cohesion.
  • Identify key evergreen 'perennials' or low shrubs to keep beds interesting all year; include bulbs (they have yet to install the bulbs)
  • Use the targeted colors in every bed for design cohesion
  • layer plants: use groundcovers mingled with grasses and perennials
  • use easy to maintain, drought-tolerant plants as much as possible, particularly in the flag-pole & main entry beds
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