Focus on softscape to create a wonderful new look
Our client’s huge front yard was so outgrown, it was barely impossible to see the house. So, our first order of business was to identify the trees that were worth keeping, trimmed them and removed everything else.
Then we started with the placement of a central open oval shape of lawn to provide structure and create organization in the design. We then re-did the front landing and steps and created two winding walkways, all built with exposed concrete aggregate. We also added a secondary path made of stepping stones that connect the front yard to the backyard. All these paths are practical, beautiful and are a nice way to show off your property.
After adding lawn on each side of the driveway, the space left will become beautiful plant beds with mix of ornamental and natives’ plants. We structured the softscape by adding trees like Amelanchier, Cercis Tsuga and Magnolia. We then included low maintenance shrubs that will bring color all year around: Berberis for their wonderful foliage color, Cornus with their yellow and red branches that are attractive in the winter, Hydrangea with large flowers from midsummer to fall and Spiraes Nipponica for its spectacular spring blossoms.
To complete the plant beds, we used a mix of perennials and ferns like Anemone canadensis, Aruncus, Hosta, Osmunda, Pachysandra, Polygonatum and Vinca for the shaded area. For the sunny area we used Alchmilla mollis, Geranium, Hemerocallis, Nepeta and some ornamental grasses like Festuca glauca and Sesleria automnalis.
These new paths and plantings create a warm welcome for visiting family and friends and add accent to this now unobstructed and lovely house.