New for 2023

small outdoor light illuminating yellow flowers at night

By: Nate Anderson, Landscape Designer As a designer for Rost Landscaping, I get the added benefit of working closely with Superior Garden Center who stocks an enormous selection of plant materials.  Our retail center is always looking to stay ahead of the curve by providing the newest and best performing landscape plants on the market.  […]

Deer Resistant Plants

rock steps in a hill side behind a house surrounded by green shrubs

Here in mid-Missouri, there are many pests to watch for in your landscape but ‘deer resistant landscape’ is a phrase we hear day in and day out. If you’re tired of fighting the deer in your landscape and feel like giving up, we get it. But there are many plant choices to consider that deer […]

Dry Laid or Mortared Patios

mortared flagstone walkway through a landscaped yard

Installing a new flagstone patio at your home is a great way to add living space without going through the hassle of renovating your house. As you start the process of designing the patio, one of the important considerations to keep in mind is how the patio will be constructed. There are two main methods […]

Outdoor Kitchens

sink and stone counter in outdoor kitchen overlooking flagstone patio, multiple seating areas, and house

Outdoor living spaces are a growing trend in landscape design. They enhance your space’s livability, increase your ability to host or take the edge off, and they add value to your home. Whether your outdoor living space is centered around a pool, fireplace, patio, or recreation area, all that leisure can really work up an […]

Landscape Lighting: A Bright Spot in Your Outdoor Space

aerial view of circle drive and flagstone walkway at a house during sunset

Landscape lighting has been a popular addition to outdoor spaces for several years. Over these years, lighting systems have improved in regards to technology, durability, and ease of installation. Low voltage, LED lighting systems have become the most desired option. LED systems offer the same benefits of spot lighting your landscape and added security while […]

The Life of a Tree

various types of trees growing in rows on a farm both near and off in the distance

By the time a tree is planted at your home, it has seen many faces and places. A lot of time and effort is put into the tree before it can ever provide shade for your yard, become the ultimate treehouse tree for your kids, house a happy little tire swing, or provide fruit, fragrance, […]

Building a Cohesive Material Palette

The perfect outdoor living setup is often a hybridized area that blends the function and aesthetics of several indoor rooms into a single outdoor space. The backyard serves as a kitchen, recreation, and living room, simultaneously blending in plantings, lighting, pools, and shade structures. Hardscapes are the foundation of every outdoor living space; they shape […]

Selecting Japanese Maples

Upright Japanese Maple

Adding specimen plants to a landscape design is one way we like to add interest and focal elements to an outdoor space. Japanese Maples are an excellent selection for a specimen plant as there are several different varieties to choose from. As long as you have a suitable location for the tree, you can really […]