Landscape Artist

Bringing out the beauty in every Landscape

Landscape Artist Outdoor Design

Lynne M. Carpenter & associates

Every Landscape project planned and installed by Landscape Artist includes plants and elements that complement the site and promise longevity. When considering the addition of plants to a specific location we use in-depth understanding of the flora that is friendly to the locale of north Texas. Both temperature resilience and soil type fit a plant before being a choice in the water-wise plants category. By employing an understanding of the large category of plants from native to adapted, and varied hardscape choices, we strive to provide Landscape planning and installation to meet and exceed your expectations!

Designer: An artist by training, Lynne M Carpenter then expanded her expertise through formal degrees in both horticulture and Landscape Architecture. Uniquely blending art and science Lynne designs to accomplish enduring beauty in the Landscape. She satisfies clients throughout North Texas and is timely in accomplishing her design and installation projects. She has many satisfied clients to recommend her.

Landscape

 CAD

Landscape Artist

is a trusted Architect/Builder/HOA CAD drawing source for city approval and on-site reference!

Landscape

 Hardscape

Garden walls, patios, and paths built right offer great benefit to the safety and enjoyment of the landscape. Whether holding back soil, providing a way through the landscape, outlining garden beds, furnishing seating, it is paramount that

 Landscape Artist's 

expertise stand the test of time.

Landscape

 Planting

Plants are dependent on sun/shade/water requirements. But there's something more!

 Landscape Artist 

also deals with the artistic placement of plants as well as their eventual space requirements.

Reliability

Our team's main concern is meeting and exceeding your expectations of what can be accomplished on your project. We strive to meet & beat expected timeframes as well as provide additional options and advice about particular elements to best meet your needs.

Service

We endeavor to do the job right the first time! Site visit, Full plan, Oversight of the installation, Proper depth/width excavation for hardscape foundations, Proper mulch depth for best weed and moisture control, Attention to micro-climates, Clear and full maintenance directions follow building/planting.

Experience

Our experience removes the headache of trial and error from Landscape design, enabling us to do it right the first time! Working with clients from commercial/institutional properties to private residencies, we apply our passion for Landscape creation with the best planning to create wonderful Landscapes that more than satisfy our clients.

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Private Residence
Private Residence
University of Dallas, Irving, TX
Awarded City of Irving Beautification award 2014
Private Residence
Private Residence

Testimonials

Front Window using photo with computerized design

I highly recommend Lynne Carpenter and her company, Landscape Artist Design and Service. Lynne designed my landscaping and I am so pleased with the results. Lynne not only has the broad knowledge of plants but her strong desire to please the customer and exceed their expectations is to be commended. She patiently worked with me through the designing phase providing me with innovative ideas and choices. She takes the extra step of follow through after her plananing has been completed and oversaw the installation. She also offers excellent pricing. Anyone in need of landscaping or garden implantation would benefit highly by choosing Landscape Artist Design and Service.

-- Sharon C., Southlake, TX

2007

Front Garden photographed after planting.

I wanted to take a moment to tell how much Raquel and I appreciate all the work Lynne has done for us. She has turned the look of our house completely around with her vision of style and colors. Our front flower beds have really enhanced the curb appeal of our home. We look forward to working with her company on a regular basis in the near future.

-- Billy O., Bedford, TX

2007

Blog

May 22, 2012

Retaining Garden Walls - wall building advice

Have you noticed the 'leaning' walls? In our land of clay soils walls seem to slip and slide - and finally land in a leaning position. This situation is caused by a poor foundation. If you're a DYI make sure the foundation of the wall you're building is twice as wide as the finished wall will be. If you hire someone to build a wall for you, now you know how wide it should be. However, make sure you talk to your builder before the project begins because this will be a more expensive wall. Not terribly more expensive, but it will require more material and time to build. Now you'll have a lasting wall that will not need repairs or replacement.

Daffodils Sprouting
You will see me soon!
February 12, 2010

Daffodils are beginning to sprout!

By Richard J Carpenter, Freelance Writer

On your winter hikes, or while running errands around Dallas, you may notice short, thick, green blades poking out of the ground. This is not grass, but spring flowering bulbs! It's amazing to witness the toughness of the daffodil as it will even poke its sprouts right up through snow cover as seen in the photo above - daffodils in snow in Dallas! These harbingers should be blooming in only a few more weeks bringing yellow tidings of spring.

If you have daffodils in your yard, just let them do their thing. They don't need much help with growing, and once they have fully bloomed and die off at the onset of summer, wait until the leaves turn completely yellow/brown before removing-this allows the flower to synthesize a few last drops of nutrients to rebuild its bulb before going into reverse hibernation until next winter. One way to deal with waiting on the leaves 'to die back' is to fold them down and rubberband them 'out of the way.' This allows the leaves to decay rather than pulling them out. The plants NEED their ol' leaves - all the way till the end.

And then, 'when on your couch you lie, in vacant or in pensive mood, they will flash upon that inward eye which is the bliss of solitude; and then your heart with pleasure fills, and dances with the daffodils.'

-- William Wordsworth

October 16, 2009

Spring Daffodils in the Landscape Design

Lynne M Carpenter

Why talk about daffodils in the Fall? Daffodils are one of the harbingers of springtime - and so they must be dug into the ground in the Fall. In the DFW area, it's best to wait till early December to plant spring blooming bulbs. Dig a hole big enough to hold the bulb, about 6" deep, drop it in and cover up. A good fertilizer for bulbs is one with phosphorus - the middle of the 3 numbers on a package of fertilizer. Blood Meal is a good choice. They don't really even have to be watered - let the winter rains take care of that.

Oh, the money spent on plants that didn't work!

October 8, 2009

Why Hire a Designer for the Landscape?

With the availability of all kinds of self-help materials, why hire a designer?

Do you want curb appeal? A private garden oasis? A safe play area for children?

A knowledgeable designer, with artistic sense, plant expertise, and experience - will save homeowners and business owners a lot of headaches! A lot of time. A lot of money. And truly offer enhancement to their Landscape - no matter what the current need or special requirements. The designer can save plant enthusiasts money on plants that don't work. She is a guide to considerations not thought of - since she has the expertise required. If installation help is needed, the plan can then be put in quite quickly - usually in a couple of days - rather than a year or two, which some home projects become.

With all you already have to do - why not meet with a professional and start your garden-building project off right? The designer will sit down to hear your side of the story - what you really want the garden to be, beauty with practicality, including your budget limitations. She will note the property's light exposure and soil type to point you to the best plant selection. You do want those plants to grow well in the sun exposure you have in your yard, don't you? In order that the plants last -plant the right ones at the beginning of your garden dream project.

Lynne M Carpenter - 'The Sound of Quiet'

The brown bamboo pipe

tilts down as water spills forth

sounds of quiet rest.

August 23, 2009

The Meditation Garden in the Landscape Design

This haiku pictures a bamboo water spout spilling out water, making the sound of dripping, of quiet, of pondering...

A meditation garden is where one can ponder the days of one's life - when the garden is designed to be such a place. Funny, how a sound can bring quiet. But, only a 'nature' sound can do this for us: the sound of rain, or bird, or squirrel, or water running, dripping, cascading.

Consider the plants in a 'meditation' garden: plants of scent such as rosemary, sage, and thyme. Mostly a place of at least part-shade, the plants will be those that can grow in this condition. Its colors are mostly greens, plants of texture rather than color. The sun shines through leaves only part of the day so that we can visit the garden in the heat of summer to rest in the quiet shade. Yet, in winter, we sit awhile on the same bench so the sun can bathe our face and lap, warming us in her gaze.

The mediation garden is a place to rest, to read, to pray. Color only peeks in here and there, usually along its border. Large rocks are arranged to offer solidity and strength. Pebbles rest at our feet - part of the path that led us here. But, in this quiet place, we sit a while, and drink in the peace - before we return up the path to the business of life.

Understory Tree Suggestions

For partial sun/shade under another tree; For morning sun and afternoon shade if planted without any shade covering

  • Japanese Maple - leaf color change in spring and fall
  • Lacebark Elm - beautifully mottled bark
  • Fragrant Sumac - spring and fall leaf color, red berries in fall
  • Mexican Buckeye - pink/purple spring blossoms, intersting seed pods
  • Roughleaf Dogwood - springime white blossoms
  • Star Magnolia - springtime white blossoms
  • Texas Mountain Laurel - springtime purple blossoms and fragrance, interesting seed pods
  • Texas Redbud - springtime flower color: white, pink or purple, yellow fall leaf color
  • Windmill Palm - likes more shade than other palms
August 17, 2009

The Understory Tree in Landscape Design

Understory trees are small to medium-small sized trees, at their maturity, that grow in the shade of taller trees in the Landscape. This planting information is aimed toward Texas gardens so I will direct you to trees that grow well in north central Texas shade conditions - meaning hot and dry.

Many times trees are planted into the Landscape with no knowledge of their mature height OR homeowners may think, 'So what! I'll only own this house for a few years! I don't have to worry about that.' Well, let's take responsibility for our home's future and choose the right tree to be planted in the right place - the first time.

Once the original tree/s planted into the Landscape grow up - they create alot of shade. So much shade develops that any plants - such as grass - growing under the tree cry out for sun! They receive too little, and give up their life. Many bare spots show themselves where grass used to grow.

Planting understory trees will not cure the problem of bare spots, but they will add new texture, new colors, and new interest to the Landscape. If a 'shade garden bed' is created around the understory tree even more interest is developed AND the bare spots are taken care of. Who says grass has to be planted everywhere?

Here are some suggestions for choices of understory trees that require only partial sunlight. Some of the crown canopy of the larger tree may need some pruning in order to give just a little more light for the newly planted understory tree.