Mature Plants and Their Importance

Lawn with trees and shrubs surrounded by mulch.

When opening a new landscape design, we are often given set criteria for the functionality, budget, and general aesthetic of the space. We then take your vision for the space and apply fundamental principles of landscape design to create functionally beautiful space. As we all know, those six key principles that we focus on are […]

Shade Trees for Fall Color

Row of trees growing on a tree farm turning orange during the fall.

As we get requests to create planting designs for clients, I would say that adding color through the seasons is high on many people’s priority list. When thinking about adding color, most are focused on the flowering color that various trees and shrubs can provide. While that is the most common way to add color […]

Paver Driveways: The Ultimate Showstopper

driveway made of pavers layed out in a curved design

Whether you’re building, renovating, or looking at homes, the focal point on the front of your house is usually the front door. Your front door is a way to add a pop of color or a creative point of interest that enhances the appearance and functionality of your home. Like your front door, your driveway […]

4 Dwarf Trees You Should Know About

dwarf tree

In several landscape projects we work on, we come across or design in bed spaces that are too big to fill out with shrubs, but not quite big enough to add a typical ornamental or shade tree. Many times these areas are located near the house where larger trees will not fit the space. These […]

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 […]

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, […]