Design Ideas for the Perfect Green Space

It’s officially gardening season. Maybe you don’t have much planting experience but want to create a green space of your own this year. Here’s the thing: just because you aren’t a professional doesn’t mean you can’t have a welcoming outdoor oasis. Here are five ideas to consider as you design your garden:

  1. Use pots to keep things simple – As is so often the case with life and gardening, less can be more. This is so true when thinking about pots for your garden. Granted, there are seemingly endless options to choose from. The last thing you want, though, is to have mismatched pots of different styles and sizes. Make it a point to group two or three pots of similar colors, materials, and size for uniformity. Of course, the pots shouldn’t distract from the view. Simplicity is key here.

  2. Buy small – Some plants provide privacy from nosy neighbors. Just keep in mind that it’s going to cost more for larger plants. Let’s look at an example. A plant in a one-gallon pot costs about $5. On the other hand, a five-gallon pot may be about $20. In several years, you won’t even notice a difference. That’s why it’s best to start out small, especially if you’re on a tight budget.

  3. Leave some empty space – Your first thought may be to pack your garden with as many plants as possible. This is a common mistake among inexperienced gardeners. Sure, those bare spots aren’t exactly attractive. Before you know it, though, the space will be full of beautiful flowers and whatever else you planted. Should you get ahead of yourself and ignore spacing recommendations, then you’ll likely be forced to pull out plants you paid for recently. Remember to be patient while gardening. It requires time to see the true fruits (or vegetables) of your labor.

  4. Think about comfort – Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy quality time in your oasis? No, we’re not talking about the times you water and pull weeds. Imagine being able to step outside near your garden and relax with a cup of coffee. What about having a glass of wine with your significant other by the flowers? That’s why we recommend investing in quality outdoor furniture. It doesn’t have to be hard, splintery, or cold. Look for chairs with wide seats and sofas deep enough to sink into. Another pro tip? Arrange the seating area as if it were a living room.

  5. Focus on foliage – Many gardeners buy plants for their flowers alone. Here at Amber Freda Landscape Design, we recommend buying plants for their leaves. After all, aren’t you going to see the leaves for the majority of the year? Look closely at the texture, shape, and color.

High-End Landscape Design

Maybe you want a garden of your own but have no idea where to start. This is where hiring a custom landscaping team can make a huge difference. At Amber Freda Landscape Design in NYC, we design some of the most treasured green spaces on the planet. What makes us different is that we aren’t a traditional lawn care or hardscaping company. Rather, we offer cohesive, fully integrated designs that include everything from furniture and plants to planters and custom work.  

The success of what we do starts and ends with Amber. For more than a decade, she has provided high-end, detail-oriented landscape design services. Amber is a regular instructor at both the New York and Brooklyn botanical gardens. She’s been featured in major publications such as The New York Times, Better Homes & Gardens, and New York Magazine. It’s safe to say that some people in NYC consider Amber to be the best garden design expert in the region. In fact, her client list includes notables such as George Soros, Brett Icahn, and Joseph Edelman.

Should you decide to come to Amber for a landscape plan, don’t expect a cookie-cutter or one-size-fits-all approach. During the on-site consultation, she will evaluate the conditions and listen to what you have in mind. From there, Amber goes to work putting together all of the elements in a way that feels completely natural. By no means will our garden landscaping team throw things together and call it good.

Unlike other garden layout teams, Amber will never hand over projects to a sales representative or a third-party installation crew. You can count on Amber to be there every step of the way, making sure that even the smallest details are up to par with her high standards.

This year, leave your landscape design project in the hands of a professional. We have experience with healing gardens, rooftop gardens, community gardens, and so much more. See how Amber Freda can completely transform your space. Get in touch with us today to get started.  

DIY Lighting Tips for Your Urban Garden


It can be difficult to find the right garden lighting. Obviously, you don’t want something that’s completely over the top. However, it would be nice to add some ambiance to your garden and even spotlight a particular area. It’s important to know that there are some principles of good design for setting up your garden lighting. Here are some important tips to consider before you start purchasing lighting products:

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  1. Overhead is typically best – Remember that natural light almost always comes from above. Taking that into account, most of your exterior lighting should come from overhead. Whether you choose outdoor solar lights or electric garden lights, the higher the better.

  2. Use low wattage flood lights – Over the years, our NYC landscape design team has found that low wattage floodlights look best in and around gardens. Avoid any bulbs that are larger than 100 watts. It’s also smart to consider low-voltage lighting for your project.

  3. Use spotlights sparingly – It’s tempting to want to use a number of spotlights. Take our word, though, when we say that spotlights should be limited to accent lighting only. Do you want to feature a specific scene or point out an interesting landscaping detail? Then a spotlight would make sense.

  4. Pay attention to the maximum wattage bulb – A lot of people don’t realize that a smaller bulb will get the job done. Believe it or not, the majority of LED garden lights put out plenty of light and are energy-efficient. The last thing you want is to go with a bunch of larger bulbs and see your utilities bill skyrocket in the process.

  5. Be mindful of the location of the lights – It’s probably not a good idea to have your landscape lights shining directly into your eyes. What’s worse, though, is having them blind your neighbor. If you’re at all concerned about brightness, take a walk around the space while the lights are on and double-check. It doesn’t hurt, either, to chat with your neighbor about it.

  6. Use several smaller lights as opposed to one large unit – Maybe you have a large flower bed or another planting area in the garden. With a feature such as this, our custom landscaping team recommends a few smaller lights. This creates softly overlapping pools of light that are free of any sort of harsh glare in the center. While this might seem trivial, it can make a significant difference.

  7. Side lighting provides the best results – You may not achieve your desired look with front lighting. Most of the light in green spaces should come from the sides. By installing your lights on a side, you should be able to create a fun shadow effect. Don’t hesitate to experiment with back lighting for interesting silhouette effects.

  8. Know where you want the attention to be – Would you rather illuminate a comparatively solid object, such as a deck or patio, or a thin structure, such as a bare tree? We’re guessing the deck or patio. Avoid putting your landscape lights just anywhere.

  9. Select a focal point – Think about this for a moment: what exactly do you want to emphasize in your urban oasis? Whatever it is, point out its most attractive features with a spotlight or two. You can even have some light coming from an unusual angle.

  10. Take advantage of light-colored reflective surfaces – Do you have light-colored walls or fences around your garden? Be sure to put them to use in your lighting scheme! The reflective surfaces can extend the source of lighting by diffusing the rays over a wide area.

High-End NYC Landscaper

Now that you have some additional knowledge on landscape lighting, what’s the next step? Frankly, we recommend getting in touch with our NYC landscape design team. For years, Amber Freda has provided custom, detail-oriented landscaping services. Part of what separates Amber from a traditional garden design specialist is that she personally oversees the process from start to finish. So there’s no need to worry about your project being handed over to a sales representative or a third party crew. Should you choose to work with our garden landscaping team, you can expect the result to look and feel like a natural extension of your home.

Let’s get back to lighting for a moment. There’s no question that the best garden design features the right lighting. At Amber Freda Landscape Design, we will recommend a number of lighting solutions, including the following:

  • Low-voltage lighting in the plants

  • Overhead globe lighting in pergolas and over patios

  • High-voltage wall sconces

  • Task lighting for outdoor kitchens

  • Fence lighting

  • And more

If you’re looking to revamp your garden layout, then new lighting is a must. Amber Freda is ready to come up with a landscape plan that best fits your wants and needs. Get in touch with us today to schedule an initial consultation.    

Urban Gardening Tips for Spring


Recently in New York City, it’s looked a lot more like winter than spring. But warmer weather will return before we know it. Of course, this time of year is often associated with flowers and gardens. Granted, we live in a region that’s dominated by concrete and steel, making it somewhat difficult to have a garden of your own. The fact is that even if you don’t have a backyard, you can still add some much-needed greenery to your space. Here are some basic tips for urban gardening in Manhattan and throughout NYC:

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  1. Grow plants in containers – Space is limited in the city. However, that doesn’t mean you should give up on your dream of having a garden. You might want to consider growing plants in containers and hanging baskets as an alternative. This is ideal if all the space you really have is a porch, patio, or balcony.
  2. Give your plants the space they need – The last thing you want to do is force plants into a tiny space. We recommend using big enough containers so that your plants have enough room to grow and thrive. Be aware that some plants need a lot more soil than others.
  3. Invest in good potting soil – Most of us are looking to save money wherever possible. If you’re on a tight budget but still want to create a beautiful garden, be sure to purchase some high-quality potting soil. Maybe you’re thinking, “Why can’t I just use soil from the ground?” Here’s the thing: potting soil is much lighter, drains better, and is sterilized to kill weed seeds and diseases that could harm your plants. So don’t skimp on the soil.
  4. Get the right fertilizer – Keep in mind that not all fertilizers are the same. Our experienced garden design team recommends using a slow-release fertilizer in pellet form. Why this one in particular? Well, you will obviously need to water container plants frequently. Should you use a regular fertilizer, you run the risk of it washing right out of the soil. On the other hand, you can expect one application of slow-release fertilizer to last for several months.
  5. Water smartly – Overwatering is one of the most commonly made mistakes among beginning gardeners. The trick is to thoroughly soak the entire container each time you water. Remember to pour away any extra water that fills the saucer underneath the container. A plant that sits in excess water is likely to experience what’s called root rot. Interestingly, one of the more notable signs of root rot is wilting. So if you aren’t sure whether the wilting is from too much or too little water, gently pull the plant up out of its container. If you notice the roots are slimy and brown, then root rot is the culprit.
  6. Opt for plastic pots – A number of garden landscaping professionals suggest clay pots as opposed to plastic. Here at Amber Freda Landscape Design, we recommend plastic. Here’s why: plants in plastic usually dry out less quickly since the pots aren’t porous like clay ones. Try putting about five centimeters of an organic mulch on top of the soil in the container. Doing so reduces water evaporation from the soil.
  7. Give some thought to where to hang your baskets – Aesthetics are certainly an important part of gardening. That said, consider how you’re going to water the baskets when you go to hang them. For example, will you be forced to stand on a step stool? Make it a point to hang the baskets where it’s not going to be a complete hassle to water.

Premier NYC Landscaper

Now that you know a few basics of urban gardening, it’s time to get started. It goes without saying that landscaping in Manhattan is much different than other parts of the country. You probably don’t need to hire a traditional lawn care or hardscaping company. Rather, you need to hire a company that specializes in custom landscape design services. That’s exactly what we do here at Amber Freda Landscape Design. You can count on our garden design expert to walk you through the process, from initial consultation all the way through project completion.

Part of what separates Amber from other garden landscaping pros is that she will create an urban oasis based on your site and desires. Whereas other garden layout teams might settle for a “cookie-cutter” approach, you can count on Amber to deliver custom, high-end results. Once we’re finished, it’s our promise that you will have a space that looks and feels like a natural extension of your home.

Why settle for just any ordinary landscaper when you can collaborate with one whose client list includes George Soros, Brett Icahn, Joseph Edelman and other notables? See what our NYC landscape design professionals can do for you.

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Why Gardening is Good for Your Health

Take a moment to recap your typical day. You wake up early and probably go to work at an office somewhere. Aside from the occasional meeting, we’re willing to bet that you spend most of the day sitting at a desk. If you aren’t swamped with tasks, maybe you can get outside for a few minutes. Most days, though, you’re eating lunch at your desk. Then it’s time to go home. You cook dinner and spend a few hours catching up with family members. Maybe you watch an episode or two of your favorite show. Before going to bed, you scroll through your social media feed and catch up on emails. Of course, you plan to do it all again the next day.

What’s missing here? Sure, you make it a priority to have work-life balance and enjoy time to yourself. But what about connecting with nature? As mentioned by Anne Harding of CNN, gardeners view their hobby as the perfect antidote to the modern world. From the time we wake up until the time we put our head on the pillow, we’re essentially lost in a digital world. That’s why the sensory experience of gardening is so important. James Jiler of Urban GreenWorks says that it “allows people to connect to this primal state.”

Let’s dive into some of the ways gardening can improve your overall health.

  1. It relieves stress – We can only take in so much from smartphones, tablets, and computers on a daily basis. The more we use these devices, the more irritable, error-prone, and stressed out we become. Experts recommend doing a self-check every once in a while. If you find yourself wanting to throw your computer out the window, consider going home that day and gardening for 30 minutes. Even just getting your hands dirty and pulling weeds for a while works wonders.

  2. It leads to better mental health – Approximately 350 million people worldwide suffer from symptoms of depression. Now, we’re not going to argue that gardening has the same effect as taking your regular depression medication. Think about this, though: Christopher Lowry, an assistant professor of integrative physiology at the University of Colorado, spent time injecting mice with a harmless bacteria commonly found in soil. What’s interesting is Lowry found that this bacteria increases the release and metabolism of serotonin in parts of the brain that control mood and cognitive function. Lowry argues that not having this bacteria throws our immune system completely out of whack. Consequently, this can lead to inflammation from heart disease, diabetes, and depression. When you reintroduce these bacteria with gardening, you can help alleviate some of that inflammation.

  3. It’s good exercise – Do you have trouble exercising the way you used to? Gardening is a great avenue for improving your fitness level. Granted, it’s unrealistic to compare gardening to lifting weights or running a marathon. However, gardening presents a number of low-impact exercise possibilities such as digging, planting, weeding, etc.

  4. It improves brain health – Taking from the same CNN article, “Some research suggests that the physical activity associated with gardening can help lower the risk of developing dementia.” It would certainly be nice if experts could guarantee that if you garden for a certain amount of time the rest of your life that you wouldn’t experience issues with brain health. That obviously isn’t the case. Just keep in mind that the sights, sounds, and smells of the garden are said to promote relaxation and reduce stress. Even something simple such as smelling a flower or listening to the leaves rustle can have a positive impact.

  5. It helps you eat healthier – Without a doubt, the food you grow yourself is the freshest food you can eat. Rather than settle for processed nonsense, you can treat yourself and the entire family to delicious fruits and vegetables. Of course, food seems to taste better from a home garden of your own.

About Our Healing Gardens

At Amber Freda Landscape Design, we are proud to specialize in healing gardens. We understand that, in a region dominated by concrete and steel, this space could be your lone connection to nature on a daily basis. A healing garden is more than just standard landscaping. It engages the senses through sight, touch, fragrance, and sound. Our garden design experts also create this urban oasis in a way that encourages interaction.

Clients appreciate Amber because she has a thoughtful, balanced approach to garden landscaping. Whereas other businesses take a “cookie-cutter” mentality with their landscape design services, she creates a landscape plan to fit your specific needs and wants.

We believe that you deserve the best garden design in town. Contact Amber Freda Landscape Design today for information regarding healing gardens, rooftop gardens, and other garden layout options.  

What to Look for in a Landscape Designer

Not all landscape design companies are the same. Some only specialize in one or two areas. While others say they offer a wide range of services, the reality is they depend on third parties and subcontractors to get the job done. How do you know which landscape designer best fits your needs? Here are 10 things to look for, as referenced from this Fox News article.

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  1. Services that align with your project – Chances are you won’t be hiring a garden design team that deals primarily with hardscaping when you want an array of plants. The right designer will be experienced with the scope of work you want. In turn, they should be comfortable designing and managing it. Quick note here: Some landscape planners specialize only in the design process. Amber Freda Landscape Design, on the other hand, designs and builds. You have to ask yourself whether it’s worth extra time (and often times, money) coordinating with multiple landscape design services.
  2. Examples of previous work – In today’s world, a designer’s portfolio is critical. If you’re hoping for a rooftop garden, the person you hire should have experience with that. Don’t forget to also look at credentials during this step. The last thing you want is to wind up teaming with someone who has no idea what they’re doing. Look for degrees from accredited colleges, as well as memberships in professional organizations.
  3. Willingness to offer consultations – This is where the designer will come over to your property and evaluate the space. The consultation is your opportunity to bounce ideas off them and determine whether the designer will be a fit. With Amber Freda Landscape Design, an-onsite consultation is always the first phase of the process. We use this time to evaluate a client’s style and vision, as well as the site conditions so we can make recommendations accordingly.
  4. Explanation of what’s next – So you like what the designer has to say. They’re able to accommodate your requests and even came up with some creative ideas you would never think of. A seasoned landscape designer should have a step-by-step process in place. Of course, he or she needs to execute the project using the budget that’s been established. You can feel comfortable knowing that our landscape plan expert offers comprehensive drawings that will show you how all of the elements come together in the end. We make it a point to keep clients in the loop during each phase.
  5. Hassle-free installation – This is where frustration often comes into play. Clients want to know how long installation will take and if anything can be done to speed things up. Unfortunately, most landscape design services have to find available contractors, order/deliver materials, and then meet with those contractors to ensure their tasks are done the right way. On top of that, unexpected challenges can get in the way. From inclement weather to issues with the supplies, the designer must also plan for unexpected setbacks. Your project is what gets compromised in the end. Amber does things differently, though. She truly cares about clients, which is why she personally oversees the design of every project from start to finish. Plus, you never have to worry about anything being handed over to a sales representative or installation crew. Whereas designers of big landscaping companies only attend the consultation, Amber is there watching so that every detail meets her high standards.
  6. Comprehensive maintenance – With as much as you invest in a rooftop garden or other green space, you deserve for it to look great for years. Amber and the rest of our garden landscaping experts will keep your plants thriving thanks to ongoing maintenance. Note that our monthly service options consist of anything from pruning and fertilizing to leaf cleanup and weeding.
  7. Positive client reviews – Would you hire a designer who doesn’t meet your expectations? Don’t take a chance with someone who is unprofessional. Take a few minutes to browse online for any negative testimonials. With Amber Freda Landscape Design, you don’t have to worry about a project not turning out the way you hoped. Voted Best of Houzz in 2017, we have plenty of positive reviews on our website. Says Pamela K., “I highly recommend Amber Freda. The first great thing about Amber is that she listens. The next fantastic thing about Amber is that she is that rare combination of artist and great business person. Amber creates the landscape of your dreams and, at the same time, is very professional.”

Don’t make the mistake of hiring the wrong landscape designer. If you’re ready to get the most out of your space in NYC, turn to the expertise of Amber. In no time, you will be enjoying the urban oasis of your dreams. Call now to schedule a consultation.  

What to Consider Before Planting a Rooftop Garden

This time of year, few people in the New York City area think about landscape design. But just because it’s cold outside now doesn’t mean you can’t look ahead to next spring. Can you imagine having your own urban oasis when the weather warms up? Maybe you’re thinking, “That sounds great and all, but I just don’t have the room for that in my current space.” Into the picture comes a rooftop garden. For those in NYC, rooftop gardens are becoming more and more popular. Here are just a few reasons why you may be considering a rooftop garden in the near future:

  • It makes use of underused space

  • It creates beauty

  • It provides much-needed privacy

Now is the ideal time to start planning your rooftop garden. While you brainstorm ideas, be sure to take the following into account:

  1. Permission – Your landlord and/or building code may have something to say about a revamped landscape design. Accessibility, building height restrictions, and fire regulations all factor in what you can and cannot do. That’s why it’s imperative to double-check prior to getting too far into the process.

  2. Structure – From potted plants to custom decks and benches, the possibilities are endless when it comes to rooftop gardens. With that in mind, make sure the structure can hold it all. As plants grow, soil and pots will only get heavier. Once your plans have been approved, get in touch with an experienced contractor to test the structural integrity.

  3. Access – It’s been determined that the roof can, in fact, hold everything you’re ready to put in place. Now what? Well, you need to determine how you’re going to get everything in and out of the building. Depending on how many materials you have, you may run into an issue. Some municipalities require access to multiple exits. There are also potential fire alarms and emergency lighting to deal with. Again, double-check with your landlord/building code with this step.

  4. Water – Let’s say you live on the second floor of a 12-floor complex. Do you really want to spend your time filling up watering cans over and over just to manage those plants? If possible, consider installing drip irrigation systems. At Amber Freda Landscape Design, we can easily install drip irrigation that delivers precise amounts of water to your plants in a way that maximizes their longevity. Drip irrigation makes for an affordable way to keep your rooftop garden looking incredible, even throughout the hot summer months.

  5. Mother Nature – Because of where we live, you can’t really expect to leave your plants alone and expect them to thrive. From the sweltering heat to ambient heat being reflected from other areas, what you grow will take a beating from Mother Nature. Throw in the wind and rain and you could be facing trouble in a hurry. Do what you can to protect your garden as much as possible.

  6. Privacy – As aforementioned, folks appreciate rooftop gardens because they provided much-needed privacy. You may want to plan for screening, however, if your garden will be in full view by neighbors. Depending on your budget, you may choose to plant a hedge of evergreens to actually keep your garden from being seen by everyone.

  7. Storage – Do you plan on tending your own garden? Then you will likely need tools, fertilizer, compost, buckets, etc. Of course, space is likely to be extremely limited with a rooftop garden. It’s a good idea to consider shelves, narrow closets, or bench seating with built-in storage.

  8. Cost – This is the biggest one of the bunch. How much are you willing to spend? It could be that you start small with just a few potted plants. Eventually, maybe you move toward furniture, a pergola, or even an outdoor kitchen. As the ideas come to mind, remember to run them past the landlord/building code.

Unmatched Landscape Design

We are more than the typical landscaping company. Rather than focus on mowing lawns or hardscaping, we specialize in custom garden design. For more than a decade, Amber Freda has been creating some of the best garden designs in Manhattan and throughout NYC. We truly believe that in a land of concrete and steel, the garden layouts we create are some of the most treasured green spaces on the planet. Amber Freda Landscape Design services include:

  • On-site consultation

  • Garden landscaping design

  • Professional installation

  • Drip irrigation

  • Landscape lighting

  • Ongoing tending and maintenance

Rest assured that Amber will personally oversee the design of every project from start to finish. Never will we hand over a task to a third party or subcontractor. The expectations our rooftop garden designer has allows us to offer clients with an aesthetic that feels like a seamless and natural extension of their homes. Because of this, we can capture personality and style with ease.

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Five Perfect Flowers For a City Rooftop Garden

Building a garden and landscape design can be tricky when you live in a city and the only place for any type of shrubbery is the rooftop. But don’t give up hope so easily. Rooftop gardens can be an amazing experience, both in the garden layout and design process and afterwards when you get to enjoy the fruits of your gardening labor. If you live in a big city, like New York City, and want to grow a garden full of greenery, small trees and flowers, you’re in luck today. We’re going to be listing out five of the best flowers and plants to grow on your rooftop garden. Read along to get inspired!

Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa)

Technically a tree, the Kousa Dogwood is fairly small, making for the perfect greenery plant for a rooftop garden. In the spring and summer, enjoy the stunning white and pink flowers with rich green foliage. In the fall, watch the colors turn to a dark red. Growing about 20 feet tall and wide, the Kousa Dogwood grows best in partial sun and moist soil. You’ll definitely want to add this to your rooftop garden and landscape design.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Who doesn’t include lavender in their landscape design? This is a must-have plant for your rooftop garden. Not only is the smell enticing and comforting, but this plant can fit well in a rooftop garden bed and can handle both windy and dry conditions. Requiring full sun, a lavender plant is the ideal addition to your rooftop.

Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick (Corylus avellana)

Add some personality to your garden design with the Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick plant. With such an interesting name, you know you’re going to love it. This filbert shrub twists and turns as it grows, producing rich green foliage that will complement its surrounding flowers and plants. This plant requires full to partial sun and is low maintenance.

Daylily (Hemerocallis)

Add some color into your garden design with the Daylily flower. Pink, orange, red and blue, your rooftop will be full of color in no time. Daylilies require partial to full sun for healthy growth, but are also drought tolerant, making for the ideal rooftop garden situation. Low maintenance and fragrant, you’ll want a few of these in your spring and summer garden.

Japanese Wisteria (Wisteria)

If you are adding a garden trellis or pergola to your landscape design, you’ll want some Japanese Wisteria. Drap these blooms over a trellis or pergola and watch the vines grow. The fragrant flowers grow best in full sun and require little maintenance. You’ll love having these blue, pink and white flowers in your garden as you sit back and relax in the sun in your rooftop garden.

Don’t let your rooftop garden make you feel limited in your landscape design process. There are many beautiful and unique flower and plant options that will thrive in this environment. Call Amber Freda Landscape Design for city gardening expertise!

The Best Flowers And Plants for A Summer And Fall City Garden

Being part of the Northeast region of the U.S., New York has a humid climate with long periods of warmth during spring and summer seasons, and very cold weather during the fall and winter months. Given the climate, there are certain types of native and introduced garden plants that thrive in New York, as well as along the Northeastern coast. If you are working on a garden layout that will take you through the rest of summer and into the fall months, you came to the right place. Today we are going to list the best flowers and plants for a New York summer and fall garden.

Summer Plants + Flowers

Astilbe (Veronica selections)

The astilbe plant is a richly colorful, dense flower with thick foliage. Growing best in early summer, this plant grows to 2-feet tall and wide. It requires shade and moist to wet soil. Plant alongside other shade loving plants with contrasting colors for a gorgeous garden layout.

Bee Balm (Monarda selections)

The Bee Balm is a regional wildflower in Northeast, growing rich red, pink, violet and white flowers. The foliage is mint-scented, which is a huge benefit because pests leave it alone. Bee balm grows with full sun in moist, well-drained soil. Plant these flowers alongside white flowers for a contrasting, summer-y feel in your garden.

Hydrangeas (hydrangeas macrophylla)

Who doesn’t love hydrangeas? Easy to care for and beautiful, hydrangeas prove to be the ultimate summer-time flower. These plants love moist, well-drained soil, morning sun and afternoon shade. Just water them when you get home from work. Don’t forget hydrangeas in your garden design – they flower beautifully in shades of blue, pink and white.

Butterfly Weed (asclepias tuberosa)

These bright orange flowers are perfect for your garden because not only are they beautiful, but they attract butterflies! This plant requires sun, and can grow in both dry and moist soil, but prefers bright, well-drained sandy soil. You won’t want to leave these out when designing your garden and landscape plan.

Fall Plants + Flowers

Korean Mum (Chrysanthemum)

Add some warm and soft color into your Autumnal garden design with some Korean Mums. These plants are generally pest- and disease-resistant and later-blooming. Growing in white, pale yellow and warm and cool pink, these hardy perennials grow best in full sun and well-drained rich soil. Plant in the spring, and watch these beauties flourish in the fall.

BeautyBerry (Callicarpa Dichotoma)

You will not want to leave these purple beauties out of your landscape plan. This purple-ish plant is not only stunning, but it grows year-round and blooms in mid-summer so it is ready for your fall garden! It requires sun to partial shade, and attracts bees, butterflies and some birds.

Heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens)

These are the perfect blooms for your autumnal garden landscaping. Growing best in full to partial sun and requiring a moderate amount of watering, these violet flowers are low maintenance. You can even grow this plant in the summer too. Feature them in your garden in hanging baskets, window boxes or even houseplants.

Panicle Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Tardiva’)

Tardiva is an autumnal flowering plant with white flower heads that turn purple/pink as they get older. These white blooms grow best in moist, well-drained soil and in sun to partial shade, and require minimal pruning. If you’re going to be landscaping in the fall months, consider incorporating these hydrangeas.

If you’re interested in landscape design services in New York City, give us a call at Amber Freda. We can’t wait to help you with your garden and landscape plan!

Why You Should Let A Professional Do Your Landscaping

While landscaping and garden design can be fun, we know your busy schedule probably restricts your green thumb. But that doesn’t mean you should be without a garden! Here at Amber Freda Landscape Design, we are passionate about garden landscaping, and we hope you are too. Our landscape professionals can bring your garden dreams to life! Today we’re listing out a few reasons why you should leave your landscaping plans to a professional landscaper. Read along to learn more and be sure to give us a call at Amber Freda when you need landscape design services in Manhattan.

Save Time

Gardening can be a blast, but it can also be time consuming. With a busy schedule, you might not be able to dedicate the time necessary to carefully plan and execute a landscape design. Gardening is so much more than just planting a few flowers next to each other. An expert landscaper will be able to design a landscape plan suited perfectly for the aesthetic of your home or establishment. Save your valuable time and let our garden and landscape design experts at Amber Freda create an ideal landscape plan for you.

Save Money

Planning a garden landscape can be a big job and it’s easy to overspend. When you let a professional landscaper do your garden design, you’ll set a budget and they will not go over it. Plus, a professional will still get the job done in a timely matter. In the long run, you will end up saving money and the end result will be a stunning green space.

Save Mistakes

A professional landscaper has worked in garden design long enough to know how to avoid mistakes. By hiring a landscaper, you are ensuring that the garden layout end result will be quality-made, aesthetically pleasing and free of amateur mistakes. Rather than attempting a project like this on your own over and over again, trust that a professional will know what they’re doing and that the end product will be perfect.

Living in a city doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a nice green garden. With Amber Freda Landscape Design,  New York City is more than just a concrete jungle where dreams are made. We specialize in landscaping and garden design in Manhattan. If you’re looking for professional landscape design services, give us a call. We can’t wait to help you build the city garden of your dreams!

Endless Possibilities with Amber Freda Landscape Design

High-End Landscaping in New York City

Amidst all the hustle and bustle that comes with living in a big city, it can be difficult to relax and get away from it all. It doesn’t help, either, that our neighborhoods are pretty much dominated by concrete and steel. That’s why so many folks are turning to Amber Freda for help with landscape design. For years, our team of garden design professionals has created some of the most treasured green spaces not only in the region but on the planet. We aren’t the typical lawn care or maintenance company, as are the majority of our competitors. Instead, we offer completely customized landscape design plans based on your space and overall vision. From start to finish, Amber will help you select the right furniture, plants, planters, and other work that goes into creating the best garden design in town. We work our magic to ensure that the final result feels like a natural extension of your home.

Unmatched Urban Landscape Plans

When Amber started her own business more than a decade ago, her mission was simple: to provide luxury, detail-oriented landscaping services. She’s since compiled a client list featuring the like of Bobbi Brown, Reshma Shetty, David Faucon, and others. When you first contact Amber, the process begins with an on-site consultation so that she can get a feel for your style and vision, as well as determine what will work based on your space. Our landscape design team then works on comprehensive plan drawings that will show you how everything will come together at the end. As aforementioned above, there’s no cookie-cutter approach with our landscape plans. We are happy to include custom features such as turf, pergolas, fences, outdoor kitchens, benches, decks, and more. Once we finalize the design, it’s time to move on to the installation. You can feel comfortable knowing that our general contractor will build out all of the custom features in a way that feels natural and seamless. We can even take your project to the next level with a variety of landscape lighting solutions, such as low-voltage up-lighting in the plants, overhead globe lighting in pergolas and over patios, floodlights, etc. You may be thinking, “What if I don’t like how something looks at a given point during the installation?” Keep in mind that clients appreciate Amber because she demands the absolute best. We never cut corners or hand off tasks to third party services that won’t uphold our high standards. Amber keeps you looped in throughout the installation process and constantly strives to exceed your expectations.

Healing Gardens

How nice would it be to have a beautiful healing garden to help you unwind from a long day? When you come to us for your garden design, we can help you connect with yourself and nature in a much deeper way. Healing gardens engage the senses on a number of levels through aesthetics, fragrance, tactile, experiences, and sound. This could include anything from listening to the sound of leaves rustling to smelling flowers. If you’re currently struggling with depression, anxiety, insomnia, or just lack of energy, you may find that a deeper connection with nature and your garden does wonders for your day-to-day life.  

The Finest Landscape Design Services

Besides healing gardens, Amber can create the outdoor space of your dreams. If you check out our portfolio of garden designs, you’ll find that we can handle it all. We’ve turned heads with backyards, townhouse community gardens, terrace designs, roof deck designs, patio designs, and so much more.    

Don’t settle for a dreary outdoor space any longer. Instead, team with Amber Freda Landscape Design. If you have questions or want to get started, contact us today.