This was the last project we did in 2019. Basically, a complete redesign of the existing landscape. The landscape had just gotten out of hand and needed a simpler more low maintenance design. While our client loves being in her yard she just doesn’t have the time to do continuous maintenance of lawn and weeding. To start we removed the majority of the turf so there would be minimal mowing moving forward. We decided to scrap the mulch beds so there would be no need to re-mulch every year. The weed mat and river rock should make for a much easier landscape to maintain. While there will undoubtedly be weeds they should be easy to stay on top of because of the weed mat. We tried to keep the planting scheme low maintenance as well. We removed the majority of the existing plants but tried to save some of our client’s favorites, mainly roses, and a few hydrangeas. For the front yard, we kept the Roses and added Pieris for height along the front porch. We then installed Dwarf Mugo Pine and Feather Reed Grass for smaller anchor shrubs. For perennial color, we added some smaller Fescue grasses, Black-eyed Susan, and Penstemon. To help mitigate the look of all of the rock we planted an assortment of succulents to provide ground cover. The aim of the backyard was to create a private space without the enclosed feeling of a fenced yard. While it is not there yet, once these plants mature it is going to feel very private. We used Emerald Green Arborvitae to cover the existing white fence and planted a small Laurel hedge along the street. Along the driveway and fence, we used Lilac, Hibiscus, Camelia, and Hydrangea. These will add great summer colors and provide privacy as they mature. As in front, we used grasses and perennials to add additional color. We also installed one Umbrella Pine to add some visual interest. It is a very unique slow-growing pine that really adds some character to the space. We tried to leave some holes for our client to experiment with her own plants as well. Hardscape was minimal on this project. We installed a 2×2 stepping path from the front sidewalk to the backyard and a small patio set in the lawn in the backyard. This patio is mainly a space for our client to place all of her containers during the summer months. All in all, it turned out to be a great project with some elements that we do not always use. Once it all blooms out in the spring the space is going to have a much different feel!

Initial Landscape - Before

Initial Landscape - Before