December 15, 2021

Defining Outdoor Spaces through Circulation, Custom Masonry & Native Gardens | Cold Spring, NY

On larger properties with multiple dwellings, circulation paths are critical to the experience of the landscape and help define each space. This cabin-style new build in Cold Spring, New York called for a custom masonry design that incorporated the front entrance, garage entrance, guest house entrance, boat house access, lakefront access and a lakefront patio. The existing hardscape consisted of 

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November 1, 2021

Pollinators, Birds, Wildlife Visit Ecological Landscapes [VIDEO TESTIMONIAL]

Our mission as ecological landscape designers has always been to improve our natural environments from traditional, chemical-laden and exotically planted landscapes to native, ecologically-productive habitats. We interviewed several long-term clients on what wildlife visitors they see in their landscape. Watch the video below to hear directly from them! Testimonial Highlights: “No matter what time of year it is, you can 

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July 16, 2021

The Best Native Perennials for NY, CT & NJ [pt. 2]

Welcome back to Part Two of the BEST Native Perennials for NY, CT & NJ. These are often our go-to plants (provided the right site conditions!) because they all contribute majorly to the landscape ecology. All of these selections are regionally native plants that attract pollinators, birds and/or beneficial insects. Many of these native perennials also perform extra ecosystem services 

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July 12, 2021

Our Favorite Native Perennials for NY, CT & NJ [pt. 1]

It’s no secret that we at Green Jay Landscape Design firmly believe in restoring and designing native landscapes. Planting native plants has SO many ecosystem benefits –these ancestral plants adapted to difficult site conditions, provide critical soil stabilization, and of course, co-evolved with our local wildlife as the foundation of the food chain! We take a deep dive into our 

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May 27, 2021

Best Native Ferns for an Ecological Landscape|NY, CT & NJ

We LOVE our native ferns. There is something so soothing about a colony of ferns – the texture, the form, the smell – they are an iconic symbol of forests of the Northeast. Ferns do not produce flowers—no nectar or pollen for pollinators—and their foliage does not provide much food for wildlife.  However, colonies of ferns provide essential cover and nesting 

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