Hot Outside, Design a Landscape for Cooling

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 09:35
Lake Bluff Schmechtig Landscapes, Cool Outdoor Room, Pergola  with Vines for additional shading Lake Bluff Schmechtig Landscapes, Cool Outdoor Room, Pergola with Vines for additional shading

Summer is a good time to plan for a yard that will bring temperatures down, says Falon Mihalic, a houzz.com contributor, and we agree.  Mihalic continues, The dog days of summer are upon us. With intense sunlight streaming over our gardens, we’re reminded of just how brutal August can be in the heat. The tricky part is that spots in the garden that are hot now may be less so at different times of the year. Good landscape design understands these seasonal aspects of the garden and plans accordingly.

 

patio-landscape-design-007

Schmechtig Landscapes HGTV Project - Outdoor Dinning with Pergola for Cooling and Shade


There are three main things to consider when designing a garden that’s cool in the summer: Maximize shade, use light-colored materials and increase airflow. Look at your landscape now to understand where the hottest areas occur so that you can plan a garden that creates long-term shade for the summers to come.  How to's and ideas here: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/70622281?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u3527&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery11


patio-landscape-design-004

Winnetka, Illinois Patio Design with Pergola for shading, Schmechtig Landscapes

Media