Prominent local landscape designer Suzanne Longley was recently the subject of a feature article in the Houston Chronicle that paid tribute to her artistic skills and her exquisite garden. A former prima ballerina who danced with the Houston Ballet, Longley is planning a move to the family farm and organic nursery in Brenham, Texas, and is currently looking to sell her current home and its stunning garden in Bellaire. As the owner of Suzanne Longley Landscapes, Inc., she has been a longtime client of DiPuma Printing Company, a leading source for Houston promotional products and a strong supporter of Suzanne’s organic endeavors.
Dedicated to Natural Beauty and Organic Farming Methods
Suzanne Longley will focus a good deal of her efforts on her wholesale nursery business in Brenham, which specializes in growing native tree species and in antique roses designed to thrive in the sunny and hot climate of Texas. Suzanne Longley Farms provides healthy and hardy native plants and landscaping services throughout the Houston area. Some of the most popular trees, roses and plants in Suzanne’s inventory include the following:
- Texas Mountain Laurel
- Mexican Plum
- Belinda’s Dream Roses, awarded the Texas Superstar® title and the Earth-Kind® designation by the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Service
- American Sycamore
- Cedar Elm
- Burr Oak
- Loblolly Pine
- Black Walnut
- Texas Persimmon
- Live Oak
Suzanne’s dedication to organic farming strategies and to the use of native plants in her landscaping efforts has made her a valuable resource for Houston homeowners and has ensured her company’s success throughout the state of Texas.
Focusing on Antique, Heirloom and Native Plants
Suzanne has devoted her efforts to the preservation of heirloom botanical species and the use of naturalized and native Texas plants both in her landscaping business and in her personal garden space. Her Bellaire home boasts nearly 100 trees that provide shade, beauty and fresh fruit for Suzanne and her family. The property also features a small pond that serves as home to water poppies and a number of naturalized pergolas that add interest to the corner lot. Heirloom Johnson Amaryllis plants have already been moved from the Bellaire property to the Brenham farm; toadlily and rainlily bulbs will also make the trip from the big city to Suzanne’s organic retreat.
The Value of Native Plantings
By incorporating native plants into their landscaping strategies, Houston homeowners and companies can reduce the need for regular watering and can increase the hardiness of their plantings. Plants native to the Texas climate can stand up to direct sun, dry spells and changes in temperature more effectively and require little maintenance to look their best. Native plants also provide a cultural and historical context for landscaping efforts; by incorporating these trees, roses and plantings into an integrated and organic plan, property owners can celebrate the botanical history of the local geographical area.
Moving Onward and Upward
Suzanne and her husband, Randall Morton, will be moving to the 25-acre Brenham farm to devote more time to their wholesale nursery business. After raising their two children in the Bellaire home, the couple felt it was time to downsize their property holdings and to spend more time relaxing and enjoying life. Suzanne will maintain an office in Houston, however, to serve new and existing landscaping clients in the metropolitan area.
Throughout Suzanne’s landscaping career, she has worked closely with the DiPuma team to create t-shirts, caps and other promotional products designed to reach her Houston customers and to generate excitement not only for her own enterprise but also for the general principles of organic gardening. As a professional Houston printing company, DiPuma delivers high-quality products that make a positive impact on current and potential customers. Our Houston commercial printing team salutes Suzanne and celebrates her contributions to our community and to the gardening world at large. Congratulations on your continued success!