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Pollinator Garden In Summit

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Who needs a simple foundation planting of gold mops and spiral trees when you can have a pollinator garden? Our beautiful plant selections bring color, texture,seasonal interest and bees to the garden! Now don’t worry! Even with children nearby, bees won’t bother humans unless provoked, especially if there is tasty pollen to focus on. Sparrow … Read More

Traditional Bluestone in Summit

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

This newly built home in Summit, New Jersey was an amazing experience to design! The focuses of the project were the entryways into the front of the house, the lush deer tolerant plantings, a small entertaining space in the rear of the house, and a connection from the top patio to the lower open lawn … Read More

Lions, Tigers & …. Outdoor Classrooms for Kids!!

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

Sparrow and Brambles is happy to announce that we have a new designer on board: Michael-Paul Raspanti. Michael is an avid environmentalist with a huge interest in mind: To get our kids back into the garden!!! He is currently working with us to develop some amazing kids’ spaces including butterfly and bird gardens, rain gardens, … Read More

Rumson Old and New

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

This quaint home in Rumson is actually a family heirloom to the owner’s of this newly refinished home. The owner’s purchased the house and made amazing upgrades to the home and landscape but wanted to make sure some of the history of the space was preserved. Sparrow and Brambles designed the entire property reclaiming materials, … Read More

Scotch Hills Retreat: Bringing it Together

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

The owner’s of this beautiful Scotch Hills, NJ home had a pool, had a patio, and had landscaping, but it just didn’t come together. Their hopes were to subtly enhance the entrance to the home with a new walkway and plantings, but the rear yard needed a serious overhaul. The only things that were preserved … Read More

Tinton Falls: A Back Yard Resort

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Sparrow and Brambles was hired by these amazing homeowners to create an entertaining space that their clients share with family and friends. With very tight impervious coverage limitations to the design, we really had to think about efficient ways to give the clients everything they wanted….Including an outdoor kitchen, fire place, pool, and patios. Several … Read More

Mantoloking Bliss: Shore Living at its Best

Friday, September 19th, 2014

This bay front home is the perfect example of shore living. Bringing summer color to the gardens was the main focus for Sparrow and Brambles. Preserving existing trees like Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Red Cedar), Pyrus calleryana (Bradford Callery Pear), and several Lagerstroemia indica (Crape Myrtles) allowed the space to remain established. Microclimates of shade and … Read More

Full-Range Bluestone Patio: Little Silver Charm

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Sparrow and Brambles was called in to a site in Little Silver where the homeowners had already interviewed several design firms, seen sketches, and were not impressed by the trade. YIKES!  I knew immediately that I had my work cut out for me.  After a short time of really listening to the homeowners, I felt … Read More

Oceanport Rehab: “Zenning” Up the Space

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Residents at this Oceanport home have hired Sparrow and Brambles to turn their tired, mosquito filled pool area into a soothing, simple outdoor space.  As you can see from our before photo, the existing gardens are overcrowded and the patios are a poorly laid combo of older wood decking and settling pavers. There are water … Read More

Usonian Home: Metuchen

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

One mile from Metuchen’s Main Street community lies this Usonian home designed by one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s understudies. The building is L-shaped in form, has canitlevered eaves, and features natural materials. The home’s Asian influences and modern design were the basis inspiration for the landscape plan. There were many failed rail road tie walls … Read More