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Here are some before and after photos of some recent designs.  Click the pictures to enlarge.


Example One

Problem: Winter snow loads on foundation shrubs have taken their toll- especially on the brittle rhododendrons. The lack of edging is a constant maintenance issue and the garden looks lack luster.

Solution: A cobblestone mowing strip separates the planting bed from the lawn area. The rhododendrons have been removed and a lush spring bulb garden in full bloom is a welcome sign of spring. Perennial flowers have yet to start, but will provide summer to fall interest.


Example Two

Problem: The shady spot under the trees had great potential, but the weeds were encroaching fast. The wood edging was not working to contain the area or define the space.

Solution: We separated the planting bed from the lawn by surrounding it with a cobblestone edge. Bluestone was used to create a path that leads to a shady sitting area. A lush planting of shade loving plants including hosta, fern, astilbe and other groundcover blankets the bed which invites you to come and sit awhile.


Example Three

Problem: Access to the backyard beyond the stream was difficult, and the area lacked a good viewing platform to watch for frogs and hummingbirds that regularly visited the meandering streamside.

Solution: A cedar bridge was the answer for this woodland setting, lending the perfect photo-op for a June wedding.


Example Four

Problem: The house seems to be floating in a sea of green lawn. The foundation of the house created a stark contrast to the surrounding landscape.

Solution: We softened the hard lines of the house by creating sweeping garden beds edged in cobblestones. A stone bench sits in the small shaded nook where spring ephemeral wildflowers can be viewed.

Example Five

Problem: A steep grassy slope is all that leads to the backyard of the property. The building's high foundation is unsightly and distracting.

Solution: Access was created by installing a curving brick walkway that leads to the backyard. Groupings of container plants and lush planting beds mask the foundation. A feature rock becomes a focal point and natural resting spot.


Example Six

Problem: The grub infested lawn did little to entice potential buyers to the property. The lawn ended at the busy street and the yard had no sense of enclosure.

Solution: With the installation of a dry stack fieldstone wall a charming New England backdrop was created.

The old farm wall that bordered the opposite side of the driveway was continued along the front of the property to provide continuity in the existing landscape.




Example Seven

Problem: The open area under the elevated deck showed the large concrete foundation of the house and the space was not functional for storage.

Solution: By enclosing the space with a lattice framework the space became functional for storing wood and other tools that could be hidden from view.