Scrapbook – January 2007

Private residence, Huntington, New York
Landscaping designed and installed by Aqua FX by Island Land Care, Mt. Sinai, New York

Six concept pictures were presented to the landscaping company – no renderings or architectural plans. Jeffrey Ingrassia, owner, and his team designed a resort-style cave with multiple waterfalls and a swim-in grotto in the client’s backyard. The project took three months to complete and contains four waterfalls, an enclosed slide and a 20-foot cave with a bridge. Fifteen boulders from Rico Rock, Florida, give the landscaping an exotic look. Twenty fiber-optic four-color lights brighten the water features at night. Price withheld

Private residence, Norwich, Connecticut
Landscaping designed and installed by Sprigs & Twigs Landscapes, Gales Ferry, Connecticut

This homeowner wanted “low-maintenance, fragrant plantings with lots of year-round color.” Linda Lillie of Sprigs & Twigs Landscapes undertook the design, undaunted by the challenges presented by the large house and yard. Whitespire birches were planted to create a sense of scale and negate the house’s perceived height. Dwarf Fothergilla and Dwarf Summersweet add fragrance to the yardscape, while Carefree Delight roses give a burst of color in warm months. Winterthur Viburnum provides red leaf color in autumn. Working with the builder, Lillie incorporated large boulders unearthed during construction into this visually interesting design. Price: $12,021

Dutch Fork High School, Irmo, South Carolina
Landscaping designed and installed by Sure-Fire Yard Maintenance and Landscaping, Prosperity, South Carolina

This garden, located in the school courtyard, was uncared for. A graduate of the high school was killed in Iraq, and the school officials and students decided to convert the area into a memorial garden to honor him. Landscapers gutted the area and added irrigation, lighting, a flagstone patio and sod, as well as annuals and bedding plants. Recently, an American flag and a plaque were installed in the garden. Price: $4,000, labor only

Private residence, Mooresville, North Carolina
Landscaping designed and installed by Universal Landscapes, Mooresville, North Carolina

The homeowners requested that the oak tree in the pictures be spared. In order to accommodate the request, John Brouder of Universal Landscapes designed the entryway into an almost-perfect circle. A paver walkway, retaining wall and split-faced granite steps were installed to create a circular-shaped bed that will be filled with plants. Price: $12,000

Private residence, Corte Madera, California
Landscaping designed by Jared Vermeil Landscape Design, San Francisco, California; installed by Farnsworth Landscaping, Marin County, California

The small residential lot is in a traditionally hilly neighborhood, and the steep hillside made for a mostly unusable space. Landscapers spent three weeks jack-hammering out the hill and terracing. Gravel and Ipe were used as finishing material to give the space a soft feel, and the beds were filled with a riot of long-blooming summer color. Price: $100,000

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