Private residence, Kirkland, Washington
Landscaping designed and installed by Stock & Hill Landscapes, Everitt, Washington
The house was built on a large, sloped lot allowing the landscapers to use Hanson Creek granite to hold back the hillside. Three, 8-foot cut bluestone steps, bluestone paths, a mortared bluestone entry and several granite risers wind down to the backyard and the driveway. Simple plantings were incorporated so as not to detract from the landscaping and unusual lines of the house. Five Green Japanese Maples were positioned by crane and set the stage for varieties of white blossoms including magnolias, azaleas and hydrangeas.
Irrigation and dramatic low-voltage lighting were included to make this garden functional, healthy and exciting. Price withheld by customer request.
All-inclusive outdoor living
Private residence, Gainesville, Virginia
Landscaping designed and installed by Atypic Landscapes, Round Hill, Virginia
The homeowners wanted an all-inclusive outdoor living space where they could relax and entertain guests. To accomplish this, a 20-foot by 40-foot gunnite pool and six-person gunnite spa were installed, as well as two travertine marble patios and a Brazilian hardwood pergola set atop 10-foot travertine columns. The outdoor kitchen includes a 14-foot stone chimney, a Viking inset grill area with a built-in sink, refrigerator, warming drawers and a travertine countertop. Price withheld by customer request.
Improved curb appeal with easy care gardens
Private residence, Arlington, Massachusetts
Landscaping designed and installed by Sprigs & Twigs Landscapes, LLC, Gales Ferry, Connnecticut
A new homeowner with two small children had an overgrown front yard that was smothering the house. A new, low-maintenance garden with improved curb appeal was imperative to the homeowner. Linda Lillie of Sprigs & Twigs Landscapes met this design challenge using plantings that brought color throughout the growing season. Russian Cypress, an evergreen ground cover that turns reddish-purple in the winter, was used on the front incline. Japanese Stewartia, a tree that flowers in July and has great fall color and exfoliating bark, was eye-catching at the corner of the house, and the purple blooms of Purple Candles Astilbe added color throughout the garden. The landscapers installed new gardens, a retaining wall, front stairs, walkways and a driveway. Price: $50,000
Ground cover minimizes water runoff
Private residence, Chattanooga, Tennessee Landscaping designed and installed by
Fiddleheads Landscaping, Chattanooga, Tennessee
This job was a challenge because the property had such a steep bank, and the landscapers were asked to design a look that could handle water runoff without building retaining walls. The answer was hearty ground cover on the bank with a mix of flowering and evergreen shrubs around the front entrance. Plants used were Stella daylilies, Autumn Royalty Encore azaleas, Little Gem magnolia, Otto Luken laurels and Purple Palace Heuchera. Price withheld by customer request.
Former driveway leads to private garden
Private residence, Menlo Park, California Landscaping designed by Jared Vermeil Landscape Design, San Francisco, California; installed by GT Landscaping, San Mateo, California
The homeowners wanted a nice sitting area for adults and a garden area with entryway. The landscapers changed the garage into a cottage/play room for additional living space for the family. An area for adults to mingle and barbecue was added as well as Connecticut Bluestone Full Range pathways for family coin-tossing games. Uplighting added drama to giant black bamboo outside the dining room window. Price: $35,000-$40,000
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