Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Garden patio installation

Some of our handy work…

Challenge: transform a drab front lawn into a cozy patio sitting area surrounded by a lush garden setting with lots of edible plants.
We achieved this by berming the garden beds on three sides to create a sense of privacy and installing an organic kidney-shaped stone patio with gravel paths. The mounded beds were planted with blueberries, rhubarb, antique roses, artichokes, lettuce, peas, red veined dock, oxalis, strawberries, kale, spinach, bee balm, rosemary, sage, tarragon, Evergreen huckleberries, raspberries & elderberries.
We also planted some ornamentals for fun like fragrant Viburnums, variegated dogwood, geums (for cut flowers), Karl Forrester grass (for some structure and privacy), Hellebore, Black bamboo, giant hostas and more.
Along the sidewalk edge, the owner installed rusted metal screens – planted with a variety of climbing roses & akebia – to further define the area.
Mounded vegetable gardens were added along the entry walkway and south-facing porch and provide a bounty of fresh produce right out their front door.
The clients still marvel at the transformation & receive many compliments from passers-by as they sit in their Adirondack chairs enjoying their glass of wine!
Before… hard packed lawn

After- ‘Cowboy coffee’ flagstone patio with mounded garden beds for privacy

Row of trees removed to make room for raspberries

Raspberries are planted in galvanized tubs along the side fence

Mounded vegetable gardens provide plenty of fresh greens

Add some colorful foliage and a beautiful container for a dramatic effect