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 Rear patio and borders, Concord, MA   

Rear patio and borders, Concord, MA

 

 A large bluestone patio allows lots of space for outdoor furniture. It is softened by plantings of low maintenance small shrubs  which add summer color and highlight views from the patio.

A large bluestone patio allows lots of space for outdoor furniture. It is softened by plantings of low maintenance small shrubs  which add summer color and highlight views from the patio.

 Front entrance steps and path, Concord, MA

Front entrance steps and path, Concord, MA

 Redesigned granite topped fieldstone steps lead from the driveway up to the front door and deck.  The low granite wall solves the grading issues and provide a structure for the planting beds. 

Redesigned granite topped fieldstone steps lead from the driveway up to the front door and deck.  The low granite wall solves the grading issues and provide a structure for the planting beds. 

 Sunken herb garden, Concord, MA  .

Sunken herb garden, Concord, MA

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 Front and foundation plantings for a newly constructed house, Concord, MA

Front and foundation plantings for a newly constructed house, Concord, MA

 A dilapidated corrugated iron garage at side of garden is rebuilt and a formal herb garden with bluestone paving and beds is created in the sunken area.

A dilapidated corrugated iron garage at side of garden is rebuilt and a formal herb garden with bluestone paving and beds is created in the sunken area.

 Plantings of Dogwood trees near the driveway and a foundation planting of mixed deciduous and evergreen shrubs anchor the house to its surroundings. 

Plantings of Dogwood trees near the driveway and a foundation planting of mixed deciduous and evergreen shrubs anchor the house to its surroundings. 

 Rear patio area, Sudbury, MA   

Rear patio area, Sudbury, MA

 

 An enclosed patio with a fire pit and sitting walls connects to a small formal garden with arches for roses and flowering vines, and flowers.   

An enclosed patio with a fire pit and sitting walls connects to a small formal garden with arches for roses and flowering vines, and flowers.

 

 Pool area, Sudbury, MA   

Pool area, Sudbury, MA

 

 Plantings of tall grasses and Russian Sage around the perimeter of the pool soften the edges of the pool and add texture and movement.

Plantings of tall grasses and Russian Sage around the perimeter of the pool soften the edges of the pool and add texture and movement.

 Back yard with poor drainage, Acton, MA 

Back yard with poor drainage, Acton, MA 

 An informal fieldstone wall and regrading helps with the drainage and native River Birch trees and Twig Dogwoods do well in the moist soil.

An informal fieldstone wall and regrading helps with the drainage and native River Birch trees and Twig Dogwoods do well in the moist soil.

 Fenced yard, Concord, MA   

Fenced yard, Concord, MA

 

 A backyard formally filled with lawn and many invasive plants is cleared out and rejuvenated with new shrubs, trees and flowers.   

A backyard formally filled with lawn and many invasive plants is cleared out and rejuvenated with new shrubs, trees and flowers.

 

 Side entrance, path and borders, Concord, MA   

Side entrance, path and borders, Concord, MA

 

 A brick path is restored and splays out to meet the driveway. Borders of shade tolerant shrubs line the foundation and a lamppost "announces" the side entrance to the house.

A brick path is restored and splays out to meet the driveway. Borders of shade tolerant shrubs line the foundation and a lamppost "announces" the side entrance to the house.

 Condominium courtyard, Wayland, MA   

Condominium courtyard, Wayland, MA

 

 Trellises with flowering vines break up the monotony of the walls, and perennials and shrubs along the edges  add color and texture to the sitting area.

Trellises with flowering vines break up the monotony of the walls, and perennials and shrubs along the edges  add color and texture to the sitting area.

 Front yard, West Concord, MA   

Front yard, West Concord, MA

 

 A granite path and steps lead down to the driveway.  Some trees are thinned and removed and lawn is repaired.

A granite path and steps lead down to the driveway.  Some trees are thinned and removed and lawn is repaired.

 Foundation planting, Acton, MA   

Foundation planting, Acton, MA

 

 Overgrown foundation shrubs are removed or moved elsewhere on the property and replaced with smaller growing shrubs and perennials.   

Overgrown foundation shrubs are removed or moved elsewhere on the property and replaced with smaller growing shrubs and perennials.

 

 Rear raised patio, Concord, MA   

Rear raised patio, Concord, MA

 

 The bluestone is reset in the patio and weeds replaced with hardy shrubs such as Oakleaf Hydrangea and perennials such as Autumn Sedum and Catmint.

The bluestone is reset in the patio and weeds replaced with hardy shrubs such as Oakleaf Hydrangea and perennials such as Autumn Sedum and Catmint.

 Cottage backyard, Concord, MA   

Cottage backyard, Concord, MA

 

 Addition of a long flower border adds color to the garden and reduces the amount of lawn.

Addition of a long flower border adds color to the garden and reduces the amount of lawn.

 Backyard, Concord, MA

Backyard, Concord, MA

 Regrading maximizes the space in this back yard and allows for a stone patio at the base of the stairs and for four raised vegetable beds.

Regrading maximizes the space in this back yard and allows for a stone patio at the base of the stairs and for four raised vegetable beds.

 Side yard, Concord, MA

Side yard, Concord, MA

 Awkward paths are reshaped to create a circular fieldstone patio, and shrubs and perennials replace the grass that is struggling in deep shade. 

Awkward paths are reshaped to create a circular fieldstone patio, and shrubs and perennials replace the grass that is struggling in deep shade. 

 Front deck area, West Concord, MA   

Front deck area, West Concord, MA

 

 A view of small shrubs and flowers enclosed by a stone wall makes this deck a great place to sit. 

A view of small shrubs and flowers enclosed by a stone wall makes this deck a great place to sit. 

 Rear entrance steps, Concord, MA

Rear entrance steps, Concord, MA

 New and old granite from the original steps are combined to create a clean-looking and welcoming entrance area.

New and old granite from the original steps are combined to create a clean-looking and welcoming entrance area.

 Path to backyard, Concord, MA   

Path to backyard, Concord, MA

 

 This narrow strip at the side of the house is made inviting with a new brick path and interesting shrubs.   

This narrow strip at the side of the house is made inviting with a new brick path and interesting shrubs.

 

 New construction of an addition to house, Sudbury, MA   

New construction of an addition to house, Sudbury, MA

 

 Small rose garden with Monet arches leads off from the patio creating another outdoor room.

Small rose garden with Monet arches leads off from the patio creating another outdoor room.

 Entrance garden, Concord, MA      

Entrance garden, Concord, MA

 

 

 Overgrown shrubs are moved elsewhere and replaced with smaller shrubs that fit the scale of the space. A more formal and easier to maintain  path leads to the garage.    

Overgrown shrubs are moved elsewhere and replaced with smaller shrubs that fit the scale of the space. A more formal and easier to maintain  path leads to the garage. 

 

 Newly constructed house, Concord, MA,    

Newly constructed house, Concord, MA, 

 

 Trees and shrubs reduce the scale and soften the facade of the house.   

Trees and shrubs reduce the scale and soften the facade of the house.

 

 Front of house and foundation, Concord, MA   

Front of house and foundation, Concord, MA

 

 Plantings of Boxwood, Andromeda, Dwarf Lilac and Hydrangea add color and soften the expanse of hardscape of the wall, driveway and parking area at the front of the house.

Plantings of Boxwood, Andromeda, Dwarf Lilac and Hydrangea add color and soften the expanse of hardscape of the wall, driveway and parking area at the front of the house.

 Rear yard, Acton, MA

Rear yard, Acton, MA

 A patio with small shrubs and overgrown Rhododendrons moved from the front foundation, make this a usable and pleasing outdoor space. 

A patio with small shrubs and overgrown Rhododendrons moved from the front foundation, make this a usable and pleasing outdoor space. 

 Wall and planting bed, Concord, MA   

Wall and planting bed, Concord, MA

 

 The granite is repurposed to repair the original old stone wall.  The longer wall gives the bed more substance and impact.

The granite is repurposed to repair the original old stone wall.  The longer wall gives the bed more substance and impact.