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Landscaping Ideas That Work

I’m back!

Our new book with Taunton Press, full of fun tips, befores and afters and case studies of projects from all over the country and Canada.
A JMMDS residential project in Massachusetts that features fastigiate Ginkgo trees set 20' on center.
A recent Vermont project on a beautiful site that features native plants.
A recent Vermont project on a beautiful site that features native plants.
JMMDS designed Hidden Hollow, a new three-acre children's garden at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, MA.
Working with Bowman, Bowman, Novick Associates of Kansas City, JMMDS designed a 300-acre master plan for an international sculpture garden based on the 7 elements.
This client took our Home Outside design and turned it into a beautiful and very personal garden.  
We are excited that our app will soon be available for desktop, as well as Android and iPhone devices.  Coming soon!
Our new book with Taunton Press, full of fun tips, befores and afters and case studies of projects from all over the country and Canada.
A JMMDS residential project in Massachusetts that features fastigiate Ginkgo trees set 20' on center.
A recent Vermont project on a beautiful site that features native plants.
A recent Vermont project on a beautiful site that features native plants.
JMMDS designed Hidden Hollow, a new three-acre children's garden at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, MA.
Working with Bowman, Bowman, Novick Associates of Kansas City, JMMDS designed a 300-acre master plan for an international sculpture garden based on the 7 elements.
This client took our Home Outside design and turned it into a beautiful and very personal garden.  
We are excited that our app will soon be available for desktop, as well as Android and iPhone devices.  Coming soon!

 

Landscaping Ideas that Work  

It's been about seven years since I last wrote for Fine Gardening, and a busy seven years it's been. Since 2007, my colleagues at JMMDS-my landscape architecture and design firm-and I have written three books on landscape design with The Taunton Press, Fine Gardening's publisher, including Outside the Not So Big House (with Sarah Susanka), Home Outside, and the just-released Landscaping Ideas that Work, also the name of this blog.

Our Work

We've continued to design landscapes for our many residential clients, who live in our home state of Vermont and other parts of New England and New York, but also in Virgin Gorda, New Mexico, and even British Columbia. We love designing parks and master plans, working on projects big or small in Greenville, SC, Overland Park, KS, Richmond, VA, and Sandwich, MA.  

 

JMMDS Portfolio

A residential project in Massachusetts that features fastigiate Ginkgo trees set 20' on center. Photo: Bill Sumner. Design: JMMDS.

JMMDS Portfolio

A recent Vermont project featuring native plants on a beautiful site. Photo: Susan Teare. Design: JMMDS.

 JMMDS Portfolio

Another recent residential Vermont project. Photo: Bill Sumner. Design: JMMDS.

JMMDS Portfolio

JMMDS designed Hidden Hollow, a three-acre children's garden at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, MA. Photo: JMMDS.

JMMDS Portfolio

Working with Bowman, Bowman, Novick Associates of Kansas City, JMMDS designed a 300-acre master plan for an international sculpture garden based on the 7 elements.

Home Outside

During the downturn, we decided to find new ways to help the average homeowner from our rural location in southeastern Vermont. Thanks to the internet and our JMMDS pioneering spirit and creative minds, we started a new JMMDS brand called Home Outside®, from my book of the same name, that includes two parallel design services that aimed to demystify the process of landscape design and make it fun. Home Outsideis an online design service that enables anyone anywhere to work with us to turn their property into a landscape they love. We've worked with clients from Canada, California, Texas, South Carolina, and Minnesota, giving them conceptual designs at an affordable price, all done online.

JMMDS

JMMDS Portfolio

This client took our Home Outside design and turned it into a beautiful and very personal garden. Photo: Susan Teare.

Palette App

As part of our desire to make landscape design accessible, affordable, and achievable, we created an app called Home Outside Palette that now offers homeowners and designers all the tools they need to design their landscape, across devices and platforms. We've added a host of new features that allow users to mock up their property and design their landscape using a desktop computer or device.

The basic app is now free and includes over 350 beautiful hand-drawn elements that homeowners can tap-and-drag into their designs. Users may also upload a photo or drawing (for example, a property plan) to use as a background image. Designs can be shared via Facebook, email, and Twitter. In-app purchases offer additional plant and hardscape element palettes, drawing tools, and a measuring tool that lets users "walk and click" a to-scale image of their yard. 

JMMDS App

Home Outside Palette app icon and screen shots. We are excited that our app will soon be available for desktop, as well as Android and iPhone devices!

Coming Home

I'm so pleased to "come home" to Fine Gardening once more! My team and I have so many new ideas and ways of thinking to share with you all and we look forward to being able to communicate so much more easily now, thanks to the wonders of the internet. Please let me know what you'd like me to blog about, ask questions and send comments, and download our app and send your designs to JMMDS so I can post them on these pages.  

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  1. 4mandy 04/05/2014

    Where can we get this app? I have about a 2 in. to 1 ft. area along a driveway that really could use some help! It is south / south west facing, and varies along the length of the driveway. I had a landscaper design it for me, but he did not take into account the varying space available to plant. It just isn't working for me, so I could really use some help!
    Thanks so much in advance!

  2. Julie_Moir_Messervy 04/18/2014

    Hi 4mandy,

    Sorry for the delayed reply…we just saw this! Thank you for your inquiry about our Home Outside Palette app. If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can find the app here in the app store (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/home-outside-design-create/id440420011?mt=8&ls=1). If you don't have an Apple device, just wait a few weeks--we'll be bringing it out for desktop and Android devices soon!

    That does sound like a tricky spot to try to design, but with the right mix of perennials and ground covers, you won't have to worry about it any more. We hope you'll find Julie's blog posts informative and inspiring!

    Best,
    Jennifer (JMMDS)

  3. user-4747352 06/03/2014

    I loved the garden in PA. How in the world do you get all those plants to grow? How long has it taken? Do they constantly mulch or let the leaves compost? I have a (what to me) is a huge front/back and two side yards and lots of woods and shade but I can't get my plants to grow. However my son and wife have shared manure from their horses with me (last summer) and it has made a good difference. What is the cheapest way to go if you are on a fixed income age 76 and can't afford those stepping stones? Any ideas will be appreciated.

    1. jmmds 06/16/2014

      Hello and thanks for your comment! Do you mean the Vermont project with the huge perennials beds? Well-prepared beds, the right choice of plants for the conditions, and good compost are the keys. The cheapest path we know of is a dirt path. Keep it clear of weeds with a scuffle-hoe, and you won't even have to bend down! Mown grass paths can also be very nice on a large property. Good luck!

  4. mixingreen 01/21/2015

    i love the landscapes
    how id the application for the phone?

  5. user-7008312 11/21/2016

    Great to see your back....and with another fantastic article too

    Your Calgary Landscaper

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