Design Concepts

A beautiful job has all the right components.

Here is a professionally done landscape.  Take notice of all the colors, textures, contrasting sizes and shapes.  An interesting landscape is comprised of many elements, coordinated into one attractive theme.

A reminder that plants GROW.

Every now and then I come across the craziest of pictures. Here we have the perfect example of people not considering how large an item is potentially going to grow. I see this all the time, maybe not this extreme but none the less many designers and or “do it yourselfers” don’t have a clue or just don’t care. Please get some facts on the plants you intend to install. Today the Internet offers fantastic information on plant material. We try to list the specifications on those plants we like to utilize in our web site. If you go with a landscaping professional, do some checking and take a look at there credentials. Knowledge and experience go a long ways in making your landscape project a success.

An outdoor courtyard

Here you have a charming outdoor courtyard effect.  Segmented block, pavers, color and contour, comprise the finished product.

Beautiful way to handle drainage.

Look at how artistically the drainage is handled in this project.  Stone elements, decorative rock and softscaping in the form of plant material.  Stunning!

Bouldered terraces and landscaping

A hill side done in boulders and plantings makes an attractive, interesting addition to any slope.

Deumic – Castle wall and Holland pavers

Here we addressed not only the drainage issues but also added a nice sitting area and landscaping.  We used standard Holland pavers and Castle wall block to create a more open airy feel.  The deck was expanded upon and resurfaced with a composite product “Trex”.  Multiple levels were created.  Wire’s wereran throughout the project to allow for easy lighting installation later in life.  A dry creek bed and hidden drain tile direct water away from the house now.  All in all, a nice practical addition to an existing yard.

Duncan – A before picture of a drainage problem.

This was another technical project for Landmark Landscapes.  Our customer continued to have water seepage in their basement.  Standard drainage proceedures were utilized to no avail.  In the end, a special group was formed consisting of various specialists and an engineer, with Landmark Landscapes being a player in this process.  We unfortunately, had to tear out an existing pavered walkway, boulders, lighting, and landscaping trees, shrubs and perennials.  The picture merely shows how we lowered the entire front yard by close to 24″.  With the grade down past the level where the house essentially sat on the poured foundation, the seepage ended.  Do to the grade change we were forced to come up with a plan that allowed for an attractive entry while still allowing easy flow of water from the home.  We came up with a sunken grotto effect.  The trees, shrubs and most of the perennials were saved and taken care of at our nursery, while construction ensued.  Do to the lay out and grade changes a bridge was required.  We wanted to re-utilize the pavers as well and this became a challenge as well, since we needed a bridge of concrete and steel for ridgidity.  In the end, most of the initial landscape was reutilized and the main water issues were fixed.

Duncan – After picture of dry creek bed installation

We installed a dry creek bed and additional drainage.  It added to the landscaping and fixed a problem.  On many projects now a days we add short dry creek beds at key gutters. We find it improves the overall look of the landscaping and aids with drainage.

Duncan – Pavered Bridge Completed

Here is our first steel and concrete bridge finished in pavers.  Built from scratch, looks wonderful when under lighted at night.  I will provide additional photos when the plants fill out in a year.

Fire pit using Granite boulders built into sitting wall

Here we built the fire pit right into the sitting wall.  You could say we killed two birds with one stone… well a few actually.


Hello folks here is a great link to many of the fire pits and or fire places offered here in the Lincoln area.  If you see something you like contact Outdoor Solutions or us if a complete turn key installation is in order.  Another option would be to go directly to  Belgard’s website.  You will find many idea’s and options for your dream yard get away!


Fritz – A tree and bouldered lined circle drive.

Here our customer wanted to remedy some problem mowing while still maintaining a natural look.  Our remedy was to build in boulders and add a complementary selection of trees for color and interest.  Now they just allow the buffalo grass to grow and enjoy.  Yes, I will approach them about lighting someday!

Granite bouldered wall/berm

Here granite boulders are used in the landscape as retainage along the neighbors property line.

Hidden Flagstone Patio

Wooded lots offer unique opportunities in the landscape arena.  This lot allowed for a secluded patio of flagstone.  Throw in some subtle landscape lighting and you’ve created a warm, quite, intimate space.

Landscaped creek

A beautiful creek naturalized through landscaping.