Accents for Full Sun 2015 Color Blends

Our  selection of accent plants for full sun will add a pop of color and texture to any flower bed.  Even during the hottest temperatures in summer, these plants

 will thrive and continue to perform beautifully.   

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Color Blends 2015

Find your Atlanta area landscape inspiration right here!

The design experts at Unique Environmental Landscapes picked these seasonal color blends to create beautiful, eye-catching mass plantings that will perform superbly all season long.


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Unique has “Award Winning” Year with Urban Ag Council (UAG)

Unique is one of the longer standing members of the Georgia Urban Ag Council (UAG,) formerly known as MALTA. Once again for 2014 they had numerous award-winning landscape entries for their projects in the Atlanta and Georgia market. During the annual UAG awards banquet in February they took home:

  • 3 Grand awards, the top award presented by UAG
  • 2 Distinction awards
  • 1 Merit award

In addition, Unique was the winner of the environmental ‘Green Star’ landscape award, as well as the recipient of one of the prestigious “Judge’s Choice” awards.

Unique’s owner and landscape designer, Todd Guilmette, said it was one of the better years in Unique’s UAG history for award-winning projects. Unique feels their “unique” concepts in design have afforded them this honor.

One of their projects, pictured here, was the transformation of an unusable space below the homeowner’s deck. The yard sloped off and the deck steps  made the space pretty much ‘off limits.’ Unique says they receive an increasing number of calls for these situations. At this property, they modified the deck/stairs, extended level ground space and built a patio and fire pit as well as added a small water feature and extensive landscaping.

Please visit the gallery on our website for additional photos.

Unique Environmental Wins Award at Fall 2014 Atlanta Home and Garden Show

Unique Environmental Honored for Outstanding Landscape Design

Unique Enivronmental Landscapes won ‘Best in Show’ for Landscape Garden at the 31st annual Fall 2014 Atlanta Home and Garden Show held September 7-9 at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta, GA. This prestious award recognizes the best of the best in demonstrating gorgeous landscape design and unique materials within the exhibition area. We are thrilled that our work has been recognized. 

Other news from the Home Show:

Todd Guilemette, owner of Unique Environmental Landscapes and a top metro Atlanta area landscape professional, also spoke with Ahmed Hassan from Yard Crashers on HGTV on stage twice, cementing his place as one of the Atlanta area’s premiere designers. Additionally, Walter Reeves aired live from the Home Show and referenced Unique/Todd, as well.

Yes, it’s good to be recognized as the best of the best, but it’s even better to bring that design, installation and maintenance experience to your home or business. Give us a call today!

Unique Plants and Unique Landscapes: Tips for Atlanta

Unique has created many award-winning landscapes in the metro Atlanta area using a wide variety of plant material. We would like to introduce you to three spectacular plants that you may want to consider for a truly unique landscape.

1. Golden Boxleaf Honeysuckle: This is a colorful, mounding small shrub ideal for partially shaded areas. It accents well with hostas, perennials and is an interesting eye-catcher in rock gardens. It will create color accents from spring through winter with its form and cascading foliage.

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2. Blue Star Creeper: One of our favorite ground covers, the Blue Star grows in partial shade to full sun. In the late spring it displays a beautiful soft blue flower and continues to grow until winter when it goes dormant. Wouldn’t this look beautiful on your walkway to your outdoor living space?



3. Limelight Hydrangea: Last, but not least, look at this gorgeous hydrangea! These pictures were taken in my own yard and as you can see, the blossoms are plenty and huge. This is a mid to late summer flowering plant that does best in full sun to partial shade. Be sure to give it plenty of room to grow!

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Are you ready to elevate your outdoor living space to something truly spectacular, and then let the professionals provide maintenance so it looks great all year long? That’s what we do best at Unique Environmental. Contact us today and let’s get started on a great project.



Home and Garden Inspiration (VIDEO Collage)

Your summer and fall design inspiration starts right here at Unique Environmental Landscapes. Our booth at the 2014 Atlanta Home and Garden Show was wildly successful and hundreds of people from Marietta, Kennesaw, Decatur, Atlanta, Douglasville, Vinings and everywhere in between stopped by to say hi and to “ooooo” and “ahhhhh” over the gorgeous landscape.

You can have this, too! Give us a call after you are inspired.

Amazing Water Features for Your Atlanta-Area Garden

Summer is right around the corner, so consider a relaxing and cooling water feature to bring sound and elegance to your outdoor living area. Unique Environmental’s Pinterest boards are full of landscape design inspiration for you, your homeowner’s association or your commercial common area. Follow us today.

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Create a Garden That Thrives in the Marietta GA Area

marietta landscape maintenance companyBrilliant flowers and hearty landscapes with plenty of year round interest are two of the spectacular benefits of gardening in Georgia. Giving your yard a touch of your own personality is important in every season, but you can really express yourself in the spring and summer with all that color and fragrance has to offer. You may have missed the beautiful early spring bulbs, but you can start planning both for this summer and for spring of next year! (NOTE: If you are ready to get that outdoor living space project moving, remember that Unique Environmental Landscapes serves Marietta, Atlanta, Kennesaw, Smyrna, Vinings, Decatur and the surrounding areas. We are here to help.)

In fact, your summer planning should include stress-free perennials, such as Alyssum and Candytuft, and gorgeous native plants that are ideally suited for a southern yards. Often these native selections combine stunning flowers with amazing fragrance, as well. Understanding the climate in in Georgia is paramount to correct plant selection, because we certainly go through a real hot spell – or two. We advise trying out some extra tough varieties that do not require a lot of your TLC to thrive, and our experts have some gorgeous suggestions for you: Click here to view our 2014 Seasonal Selections

About Georgia’s Plant Hardiness Zones & Georgia Landscaping Ideas

Georgia’s USDA plant hardiness zones range from 7 to 9. This varied range means gardeners in this area of the U.S. can plant an assortment of plants, but you need to be aware of your zone and take into consideration recent fluctuations. Here are a couple of gardening ideas to get you off on the right “green thumb” if you’d like to add a thing or two to your landscape.

Use the Spring Bulbs (Start planning for next year)

Spring bulbs tell you spring has arrived! Daffodils are spectacular and will bloom early to mid-spring. Most of them are yellow in color, but you may also find them in a cream color, orange and even pink. tulips are another great selection and they bloom from mid- to late spring in an array of colors. Or, maybe irises are more your style. They bloom in late spring in outstanding yellows, blues, violets and white. Even with a Unique Environmental-installed landscape, you may receive bulbs from family or friends as “pass alongs”. Don’t be afraid to include them in your garden.

Consider a Perennial Wildflower Bed

Georgia really does have the best of both worlds for landscapers. Our winters are mostly mild (as along as the polar vortex doesn’t come along!) and the summers last a while. Lots of perennial plants do very well in Georgia. Here at Unique Environmental, we understand the Atlanta, Georgia climate, the range of weather and how plants will respond to it. We also work hard to determine YOUR individual style. If you like more of a cottage garden feel, let us know during the consultation and design process .

Whether you choose to add plants to your landscape yourself or you partner with the design experts at Unique Environmental to create the Atlanta landscape of your dreams, we’ve got you covered and look forward to talking with you.

Want More? Check out these landscape design resources.

The eNews Archive – Filled with useful expert tips, specials and more! Sign up today.

The Atlanta Landscape Show on BTR – Hear Todd talk the unique needs of north GA landscape design and landscape maintenance.

Find us on Pinterest for even more inspiration!

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Your Landscape News – Your Way

If you are a subscriber to the Unique Environmental Landscapes eNews, then you already know that it is full of valuable tips you can use in every season of your landscape. Our design, installation and maintenance experts understand the metro Atlanta landscape environment and bring their knowledge to you via video, podcasts and the eNews.

Now you can access the eNews online! The past issues are valuable and we encourage you to read them and share them. If you’d like to receive them as they happen, feel free to sign up. If you are ready to start your project or have us take the landscape maintenance off of your plate, we’re ready to do that, too.

LAST MINUTE OFFER: Landscape Design for your Valentine

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Are you looking for the most unique gift ever for your special someone?
A gift that they will love year-round?

No worries! Here at Unique Environmental Landscapes in Atlanta, we understand that outdoor living is a year-round adventure in the south. Your loved one may have been wishing for a truly spectacular outdoor living area, but just didn’t know where to start. We can help! 

The Valentine’s Day offer: Between now and 2/14/14, Unique Environmental Landscapes is offering a 14% discount off of professional landscape design services. We’ve never done this before, so take advantage of our award-winning design experts! You can work with the same designers you’ve seen on HGTV! See the terms below and give us a call or submit the special discount form below. We’ll get right back in touch!

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As always, restrictions and terms apply:

  • The discount is for new clients only, within the Unique Environmental Landscape servicing area (call us if you need to know our area), and is a discount off of the total design cost, which varies by project.
  • The initial design consult must be scheduled by 2/28, but meeting can be within 30 days after purchase and should be set up by end of February 2014.
  • Our promise to you: We’ll return design within 14-21 days of meeting.
  • There is no cash value to the discount and the discount cannot be applied to other services or maintenance contracts.


Atlanta Landscape Designer on Pinterest

If you are looking for even more ways to experience Unique Environmental’s gorgeous designs and get inspired, follow us on Pinterest. We’d love to hear about your inspiration, which of our projects most inspired you, and what your greatest landscape challenges might be. Here in the metro Atlanta area, we experience a variety of conditions. That’s why we put a lot of time and effort into educating our customers. The more you know about how we design, install and maintain your landscapes, the more you’ll want to give us a call.

Happy pinning! We look forward to seeing you there.

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3 Atlanta Landscaping Trends for 2014 from Leading Atlanta Landscaper

2014 Atlanta Landscape Trends

The New Year is here and with it comes the opportunity to create the outdoor living area of your dreams. Unique Environmental Landscapes offers the experience and design expertise needed to ensure your project is exactly what you dreamed it could be! So, what are many Atlanta property owners hoping for in 2014? We’ve got the hottest landscape trends right here. Which is your favorite?

1) Paying attention to new plant introductions: Much of the trends are driven by the environment. We’ve now experienced the polar vortex, drought, floodingrain…Georgia experiences a wide variety of environmental conditions……and opportunities – if you know how to choose the right plants for the right environment. We have access to the best new plants and can help you make the best choices.

2) Experimenting with new palettes of landscape plants: The palettes of landscape plants in the Atlanta area have evolved, too, as the wishes of the consumer have evolved. Pantone color trends aren’t just for interior decorating! Homeowners and businesses are increasingly looking to their landscape professionals to be on top of the latest color and design trends. Unusual color combinations, well-suited to the aesthetics of your home, business, personality and neighborhood can elevate your outdoor areas.

3) Outdoor living continues to grow: In Atlanta we are truly blessed with a climate that allows almost year-round outdoor living. Our Atlanta homeowners and business owners continue to demand practical and beautiful designs that bring the outdoors and the indoors together, creating a seamless living experience, adding value, and providing unparalleled opportunities for social, resident (personal?) and family time. Our designs can integrate the latest in both design and technology, including:

  • Landscape lighting systems that are controlled with your phone or tablet
  • Outdoor firepits with gas systems that are remote controlled
  • High quality audio and video that allows virtually year-round viewing and listening to favorite programs

In conclusion, one of the wonderful things about the green industry is that change is constant. Here at Unique Environmental Landscapes we thrive on providing the best in industry design coupled with the most innovative and forward-thinking trends. Whether you are interested in traditional or classic design that includes the latest technology, or trendy color combos that will make your home stand out, we are here to work with you every step of the way. Our designers are not only gifted creatively, but exceptional horticulturists, as well.

Are you ready to take advantage of one or more of these wonderful landscape and outdoor living trends? Give us a call today and we’ll help you get started.

Check out these posts for additional inspiration:

Outdoor Kitchen Retreat

Backyard Oasis

Inspirational Design Video Montage

A Full Portfolio of Inspiration