Finding Beauty in Imperfection

Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese aesthetic that reflects the very core of Zen philosophy. Age, imperfection and impermanence are the underlying qualities inherent in Wabi-Sabi. This cultivated and refined approach in all art forms suggests the sublime transient beauty in all living things. It is a significant concept in Japanese culture, and one that can beContinue reading “Finding Beauty in Imperfection”

Our Constant Sentinels of the Garden

Multi-layered use of many varied evergreens — creates an intimate and private garden in an otherwise open suburban landscape A tightly pruned yew hedge creates the walls in this autumn garden defining a nice sense of enclosure Elegant Chamaecyparis trees delineate the property line and look their best in the Winter covered with snow andContinue reading “Our Constant Sentinels of the Garden”

Walk This Way

When designing walkways for your home think of them as being generous in size, well-defined and most importantly very inviting — aim for them to be at least 4-6’ wide to give maximum appeal. Walkways that are lavish in size and possess a natural kinship to the site feel well organized and inviting to visitors.Continue reading “Walk This Way”

Starting from Scratch ~ Create the Landscape of Your Dreams

Feeling overwhelmed in a new house surrounded by a barren landscape can seem dismal and daunting? To get the ball rolling and move toward the landscape of your dreams start the process quickly on paper. Start by creating a simple plan for your landscape on graph paper. You do not have to be artistic toContinue reading “Starting from Scratch ~ Create the Landscape of Your Dreams”

M.J. McCabe Garden Design Named Top Houzz Page for Inspiration

M.J. McCabe Garden Design is pleased to announce that it has been named as one of the top HOUZZ pages for landscape design inspiration! HOUZZ is a leading website for home landscape design and remodeling inspiration. Hundreds of thousands of contractors, architects, interior designers, and exterior remodelers have created profiles on the website. These talentedContinue reading “M.J. McCabe Garden Design Named Top Houzz Page for Inspiration”

Evergreens in the Winter Garden

In Winter, when the landscape looks barren and devoid of life, evergreens really come alive, adding dramatic scale and balance. When most of the shrubs and perennials have wilted under mounds of snow, the elegance and majesty of evergreens add depth, volume and structure to the garden–providing the stability and bones to our otherwise emptyContinue reading “Evergreens in the Winter Garden”

Vibrant Japanese Maples

Japanese maples really come into full brilliance in late Autumn. As wonderful as they are during the spring and summer in terms of shapes and forms, with the transition of cooler weather in the Fall the leaves take a new and vibrant coloration that continues for many weeks. As the green chlorophyll in the leavesContinue reading “Vibrant Japanese Maples”