Creating memorable and inspirational landscapes
Land Morphology is a Seattle-based landscape architecture practice focused on creating rich, emotive places across the country. Founded by Richard Hartlage, Land Morphology is comprised of a talented interdisciplinary team of landscape architects, designers, urban planners and horticulturists, who create highly varied spaces that integrate exquisite built form, sophisticated horticulture, and the fine arts. Each space is uniquely memorable, vibrant, carefully crafted, and environmentally sustainable.
The first thing to consider when designing a small garden is to identify how you will most likely use the space.
Two key challenges of this project are tying together very different architectural styles through the landscape, and keeping vehicular circulation and parking from defining the landscape design.
Microbiota decussata (Siberian cypress) is a low evergreen shrub with nodding, feathery sprays of foliage that turn a striking purple-bronze color during winter.
As Seattle’s “snowpocalypse” finally begins to wane, it seems only fitting to feature the cold-loving winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis).
In placing the boulders I wanted to create a space that is both useful and felt natural - as if the earth eroded around them and they had been there forever.
Looking at great work in other locations and seeking out high design – including gardens, and architecture – widens perspectives.
We help the clients understand the narrative or story of the design.
Recently, while digging around in old files, I found a series of unbuilt projects that never went beyond the master planning phase.
Created meadows are increasingly popular for their beautiful complexity and multi-seasonal interest. As a stylized expression of nature, they are an effective counterpoint to highly structured urban spaces or residential projects. If designed properly, they are low maintenance and sustainable over time.
Meadow planting with garden structure in background
One of the first questions that many homeowners want to ask about their preferred design is “how much will it cost?” Budgeting and cost estimating for landscape work is difficult as it can vary widely.