Since my own personal design dilemma project is moving at a slower-than-snail pace, I'm giving you the next best thing. I'm sure my neighbor (who subscribes to these emails and is reading this RIGHT NOW) is rolling his eyes at what we are calling "progress" these days. Sorry, neighbor. My yard will be a trash heap for a while longer. But I digress....
Rachelle's house is in a super cute part of Mobile called Ashland Place. The previous owners had renovated the interior and painted the exterior, but had left the landscape pretty untouched.
There was a nice wrought iron fence and gate but no real functional pathways. Rachelle wanted a space for entertaining as well as interesting plantings, extra parking for guests as well as for easy turnaround, and clear pathways for walking throughout the property.
The plan was to build a semi-circle shaped, low profile deck just outside the back door. Side note: The contractor stained the lumber that he installed on top because it was already dried at the factory; the posts and decking will be stained in a couple of months once they are drier.
From there, the homeowner can walk out the slate path to her car in the driveway, or walk around the side of the house to a smaller arbor which will have a swing hanging soon.
The path on the side of the house continues through the wrought iron gate to the front yard.
Looking back from the wrought iron gate toward the back yard, semi-circle pergola, and driveway.
The front landscape revision. We pulled out all of the boxwood shrubs and replaced with a curvy bedline with a japanese maple, camellias, drift roses, limelight hydrangeas, and irises.
Here's the kicker with planting plans, especially when planted in the fall and into winter: They look sparse at first but we have to design with the end game in mind. By the end of next season, the front landscape will be much more full and have more height to fill in the blank spaces.
Below, you'll find plant and material selection for this project so you can try them in your own landscape. Happy New Year friends! I can't wait to see what 2017 has in store for all of us :)
All photo credit goes to Kris Skoda of krisskoda.com