How to Create an Urban Garden in 2019

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t start planning your future garden. Maybe you’re thinking, “How am I going to have my own green space in New York City?” All it really takes is a vision, some independent research, and an experienced landscape design professional.

Let’s begin by discussing some of the top garden design trends in 2019.

  1. Vibrant colors – The most beautiful outdoor living spaces are usually bursting with color. If you’re putting the time and energy into an urban garden, we recommend avoiding monochromatic colors as much as possible. Keep in mind that the brighter this area, the more likely you and everyone else will enjoy it.

  2. A blend of interior and exterior – You want your garden to feel like a seamless and natural extension of your home. If you just sort of throw things together and hope it looks good in the end, chances are you’re going to be disappointed. So take a step back and visualize how this space will be used. Every design is different, whether you’re hoping to add an outdoor kitchen for hosting parties or a water feature for a healing garden.

  3. Fruits, vegetables, and herbs – Nothing beats planting your own fruits and vegetables. Keep in mind that many of your favorites grow with beautiful flowers and decorative plants, creating lush greenery and colorful accents. At Amber Freda Landscape Design, we can also recommend herbs to be used for making teas or baths that can soothe and heal your mind and body.

  4. Healing gardens – How do you feel about having a garden that’s not only beautiful but also includes a soulful component? It’s no surprise why healing gardens continue to increase in popularity and especially in New York City. Think about it for a moment — listening to the sound of leaves rustling, appreciating the smell of flowers, or even just watching a butterfly make its way around the garden. If you’ve been yearning for a greater connection with Mother Nature, planting a healing garden is a great place to start.

  5. Custom lighting – You’ve taken a smart, proactive approach to planning your garden. Everything, including any custom features, is built out in a way that feels well-designed. But you could use one more thing to serve as that ideal finishing touch. Here at Amber Freda Landscape Design, we recommend looking into custom lighting solutions for your urban oasis. A combination of overhead globe lighting, floodlights, and fence lighting allows you to enjoy your garden day or night.  

Now that you have a better idea of next year’s urban gardening trends, let’s zero in on those in our area. Here are some tips for installing a garden in NYC:

Reduce clutter

Not sure how you’re going to plant a garden in such a small space? Give yourself the most space possible by getting rid of any clutter. You can even limit the number of styles and finishes on features so the focus remains on the plants.

Maximize space

You want to take advantage of every inch of available space. At Amber Freda Landscape Design, we communicate with clients about the benefits of choosing several, larger pieces of furniture as opposed to many smaller ones. If you’re torn between two items, opt for comfort and functionality.

Understand your building requirements

It happens more than you think — someone installs an elaborate community or rooftop garden but is forced to take it all down because they didn’t clear with their building first. That’s why it’s important to know your basic building requirements ahead of time. Once you get the green light, you won’t have to worry about potential headaches down the road.

Figure out the utilities

Obviously, water and electricity are the most important for a garden. Are you planning to have a firepit or gas grill as well? In that case, a gas line is a must.

Hire a professional

Here’s the big one. Do you honestly have the time, energy, and knowledge to design and install an urban garden? If not, then it’s imperative to hire an experienced landscape design team.

Custom Landscaping Services

We pride ourselves on creating some of the most treasured green spaces on the planet. All it takes is one conversation with Amber to see her passion for bringing a client’s vision to life. Plus, in contrast to other landscaping companies, Amber oversees every step of the project from start to finish, answering any questions you may have.

For your convenience, we also offer ongoing maintenance of your garden in addition to design and installation. Don’t make the mistake of trusting just any contractor to handle your urban garden project. Turn to someone who values creativity, work ethic, transparency, and communication.

Contact our NYC landscaper today to schedule your initial consultation.

Happy Holidays From Amber Freda Landscape Design!

Can you believe that Christmas is less than a week away? Here at Amber Freda Landscape Design, we wish you and your loved ones a happy and safe holiday season. You may not think so now with the cold temperatures, but it won’t be long until you’re back outside enjoying your rooftop garden.

Amber Freda is not the typical landscaping contractor. For more than a decade, New York City residents have turned to Amber for custom landscape designs. She has a passion for providing high-end, detail-oriented services and giving clients the feeling of being in their own oasis.

Keep reading to learn more about Amber’s expertise and how she can transform your outdoor space in 2019.

Unrivaled Landscaping Knowledge

Too many NYC residents make the mistake of hiring just anyone for their landscaping project. It’s important to know that ongoing maintenance (mowing, watering, etc.) and landscape design are completely different. Rather than sift through countless maintenance teams, we recommend connecting with Amber, who continues to be regarded as one of the most knowledgeable professionals in this ever-growing industry.

Let’s go back to 2004 when Amber started her own business. She wanted to offer clients a design that felt like a natural and seamless extension of their homes. Never did she think to cut corners or rip people off with “cookie-cutter” or “one-size-fits-all” approaches.

Part of what makes Amber different is that she personally oversees the design of every project from start to finish. There’s no need to worry about speaking with her during the initial consultation and then disappearing. When you invest in Amber and her team, know that they will earn your business and truly go above and beyond.

It’s impossible to discuss garden design in NYC without at least mentioning Amber. For one thing, she is a regular instructor at both the New York and Brooklyn botanical gardens. Then there’s her impressive client list, which includes the likes of George Soros, Brett Icahn, Joseph Edelman, and Bobbi Brown.

Not only has Amber appeared as a guest expert on the CBS New York Morning Show, but she has been featured in major publications such as The New York Times, Better Homes & Gardens, Garden Design, HGTV, and New York Magazine. It’s safe to say you won’t find a more knowledgeable landscaper in the region.

Our Landscape Design Process

We value transparency and communication in every project, regardless of its scope. As aforementioned, Amber will walk you through each step of the process, answering any questions you may have. If any sort of issue comes up, you can expect her to fix it before continuing on with the rest of the project.

There are three key components to Amber’s design and installation services. Let’s take a closer look at them:

  1. On-site consultation – This is our opportunity to evaluate your style, vision, and site conditions. We will also make recommendations to fit your particular space. Ultimately, the on-site consultation is about understanding what’s most important to you with your landscaping and brainstorming how we can turn those ideas into a reality.

  2. Design – An alarming number of contractors spend minimal time on the design phase. That’s not how we do business, though. We offer comprehensive plan drawings that are completely ready to be submitted for approval. As you’ll see for yourself, this is the best way to see how everything looks together. Don’t forget to ask about custom features such as decks, patios, turf, pergolas, and outdoor kitchens.

  3. Installation – At this point, many landscape designers might outsource the installation to a random third-party contractor. At Amber Freda Landscape Design, we install all of the plants and planters ourselves while our general contractor builds out custom features according to our specifications. This level of attention to detail allows us to create a space that feels seamless and well-designed.

Landscape Lighting

Whether you’re interested in adding lighting for entertainment or ambiance purposes, Amber can point you in the right direction. We are comfortable with various lighting solutions, including low-voltage up-lighting in plants, floodlights, task lighting for outdoor kitchens, fence lighting, and more. There’s no question that the right lighting makes a huge difference within an urban oasis, so see what Amber recommends for your space.

Drip Irrigation

Maybe you’re wanting a garden but aren’t sure you have the time to water it on a regular basis. Not to worry, as our experienced team installs drip irrigation systems that help maximize your plants’ health and longevity in both the short-term and long-term. If you’re looking for an easy and inexpensive way to protect your garden, then be sure to ask us about drip irrigation systems.

Ongoing Maintenance

There are times when you just can’t get around to maintaining your garden. Fortunately, Amber Freda Landscape Design can help with this as well. From pruning and leaf cleanup to weeding and pest control, we have you covered.

As another holiday season comes to a close, start thinking about how great it would be to have a custom garden or green space. Contact Amber and schedule an initial consultation today!