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by Paula De La Cruz | June 8, 2016 | Culture
Frederico Azevedo’s Unlimited Earth Care melds native plantings with eco-friendly sculptures.
Unlimited Earth Care’s colorful designs incorporate native flowers, shrubs, and trees for Hamptons-friendly landscapes.
Who: Frederico Azevedo, a landscape designer who moved to Bridgehampton in 1990 to open his landscape design studio, Unlimited Earth Care. “I studied at Oxford,” he says, “and I am influenced by the famous Brazilian landscape architect Burle Marx.”
Trending: Hamptonites are embracing the growing trend of creating environments with native plants. Although Azevedo uses only a few Long Island natives such as arrowwood viburnum and serviceberry, he mixes them with non-natives like manna grass or Chinese silver grass—he says the first one can be substituted by carex—and with US natives like American beach grass, lobelia, or sweet pepperbush. “The preservation and maintenance of the environment are not just a responsibility, but also a growing trend,” explains Azevedo. He describes his landscapes as a composition of “native trees, shrubs, and flowers with a mixture of colors, varying heights and textures, and elements that blend in harmony.”
In the Works: “I’m always searching for new approaches to use in my designs,” he says. “I am mixing stone, gravel, and steel with a selection of native and well-adapted plants.” Some of his favorites include American holly and flowering dogwood. Azevedo finishes his designs with landscape sculptures in bright colors, made from recycled materials. 2249 Scuttle Hole Road, Bridgehampton, 725-7551
Photography Courtesy of Unlimited Earth Care