Low-maintenance plants provide depth
Private residence, Long Grove, Illinois
Landscaping installed by Root Feeders Inc., Spring Grove, Illinois
Several landscaping companies submitted designs to landscape around the homeowners’ 20-foot by 40-foot below-ground pool. Low-maintenance plants, including woody ornamental shrubs and herbaceous perennials, provided color, structure and seasonality. Many of the flowers provide warm color, adding a sense of depth to the landscape. Plants in the picture include: crimson pigmy barberry, gold finger potentilla, Mt. Airy fothergilla, compact Korean spice viburnum, Knockout roses, compact burning bush and palibin lilac. Price: $12,000.
Refreshing Low Country landscape
Private residence, Seabrook Island, South Carolina
Landscaping installed by Ansel Landscape Gardeners and designed by local landscape architect Jerry Poore
The original landscape design was done by the homeowner to maximize sunsets and sunrises, protect the marshes from runoff and accommodate the ever-present wildlife. Buffers of ornamental grasses, trees and shrubs along the edges of the salt marshes prevent pollutants from entering the water, and “wildlife corridors” consisting of native wax myrtle have been planted along the property lines. Plantings included five varieties of palms and Confederate Jasmine, Carolina Jessamine and Lady Banks roses were trellised in different locations on the house. Future plans include a pond and stone patio for the back yard, including an open fire pit for oyster roasts. Price: $31,000, not including hardscaping
Small space spa
Private residence, Brentwood, California
Landscaping installed by Professional Landscape, Brentwood, California
The landscapers started with a clean slate. A sprinkler system, trees, flower beds and grass were put in. Patios (stamped concrete with brick edging) were poured off each sliding glass door. A barbecue and entertaining area covered by an arbor was constructed off the kitchen. A spa was placed on the master bedroom patio, and concrete dog runs were put in on the garage and kitchen sides of the house. Price withheld by customer request.
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