Meet Our Team
Rob, one of our Landscape Designers, has been in the industry in some capacity since 2016. He is very passionate about working with people and taking his creative side and leaning into design. He loves that he gets the chance to combine both of these in his current role. In his spare time, Rob enjoys the arts, music, horticulture, all things culinary, denouncing in stentorian tones my dog Annie. He studied Latin for seven years and Greek for five (according to him, basically, he ran with the cool kids in high school). His favorite food is Italian (and he can concoct the most righteous risotto you will ever taste).
Ahh, plant crushes! Overall, I like designing with ornamental grasses and perennials. But, currently, I’ve been crushing on downy skullcap, ornamental alliums, and all things coniferous.
What I like most about this design is that it interlocks into the existing landscape perfectly. We have a home with significant pre-existing hardscape shape, color, and texture. From the flagstone patio to the gated accents adjacent to the home to the pool and its landscaping, the homeowners here have created a beautiful oasis. What we have done is taken that oasis and augmented it. For starters, we match the curvilinear shape of the flagstone patio with a newer patio area, achieving a sense of continuity between the two spaces – while at the same time creating a unique sense of space for each area. Additionally, we match the existing colors in the hardscaping by applying a rosy-tinged stonework on the kitchen pieces and the fireplace, and the earthy color of the seating wall matches that of the seating walls around the home. And then there’s the outdoor kitchen and fireplace: with ample dining space and a place for several cushy chairs, the homeowners are sure to wow their guests for all those important holidays. Lastly, things are rounded out with a garden bed that will showcase not only their existing stalwart mulberry, but also the various flowering trees and perennials planted around the new patio.
Nothing beats a clean slate for a designer to work with! The homeowners approached us with four desires: an outdoor kitchen, a dining area, a firepit, and some landscaping. What we devised was a full-on courtyard retreat. Through a clever employment of different styles of pavers (yet complimentary) with seating walls to boot, three distinct spaces are created. The outdoor kitchen sits close to the back door to the home for easier transfer of food to be cooked. The dining area, with its own type of paver, occupies the center of the show, and finally the firepit area anchors the left side of the design. And what really makes this area pop is the shape of the overall courtyard: the “arc and tangent” design them takes your basic rectangle but switches it up rather dynamically by throwing in two thoughtful half-circles – this is how we create something unique and get away from that “contractor special” look that so many designs have. Of course, the landscaping adds some soft texture to the hardscaping that truly compliments the overall composition and invites guests to want to spend as much time as possible here.
When it comes to garden design, the latest focus has been on bringing four seasons of interest to the landscape. In this residential design, a naturalistic approach is taken: a matrix
of grasses interspersed amongst flowering perennials and shrubs is paired with a smattering of smaller boulders. The overall composition hints at an Ozark glade. Aside from great color in spring, summer, and fall, there will be pops of color in winter from the blue atlas cedar and the redtwig dogwoods. Moreover, the “dried flower arrangement” look of many of these plants’ winter forms will only serve to compliment those colors. And, of course, the redbud lends great architectural flare up against the home – and its purply-pink blooms in spring will really pop up against the white siding of the home.