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Windsor Companies

The entire grounds of this Lake Minnetonka home was renovated as part of a major home remodel.

The orientation of the entrance was improved to better align automobile traffic. The new permeable driveway is built of recycled clay bricks placed on gravel. The remainder of the front yard is organized by soft lawn spaces and large Birch trees. The entrance to the home is accentuated by masses of annual flowers that frame the bluestone steps.

On the lake side of the home a secluded, private patio offers refuge from the more publicly viewed backyard.

This project earned Windsor Companies a Grand Honor award and Judge's Choice by the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association.

Photos by Paul Crosby.

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chandra188 wrote:
Flowers - What kind of red flowers are those? Do you know how many we're planted to get that full look?
   Comment   April 8, 2013
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they look like red flowering impatiens
April 8, 2013 at 4:35pm     
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Colleen L. wrote:
Does anyone know how well the brick on gravel driveway will hold up in a colder climate such as Minnesota?
   Comment   June 18, 2012
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Cynthia Taylor-Luce
We have a brick driveway like this in Canada, just outside Toronto. We put it in over twenty years ago and weather has never affected it. I can't imagine it would be a problem in Minnesota. The bricks have to be ones that are specially made for this purpose, however. They are not house bricks even though they look like them. They are specially strengthened clay bricks, and I think they were imported from the southern US (but it's been a long time and I can't remember where). Good luck. This is a beautiful look.
June 22, 2012 at 1:10pm   
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Colleen L.
Thank you!
June 24, 2012 at 4:31pm   
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7768 wrote:
Potted plants - What are the flowers in the potted plants by the front door?
   Comment   August 11, 2013
chandra188 wrote:
Ivy - What kind of ivy is that?
   Comment   April 8, 2013
malbre411 wrote:
What kind of ivy is that growing on the house?
   Comment   August 24, 2012

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Red draws the eye immediately, hence the appropriately colored stop signs. To bring attention to your front door, plant a swipe of red annuals like these impatiens in a classy arrow pointing straight toward your main entrance.
Frank Organ added this to Bright Plants for Flower Beds That Wow
For many years, the impatiens, or buzzy lizzy, were known as a houseplant, perfect for growing on the window sill with its pink to white flowers. Breeding helped create varieties for bedding. Flower color remained fairly placid, with mainly pinks, orange and reds. Great for container use, yet plain in a mass bedding. We now have more vibrant impatiens that really do provide drama in mass bedding. Here, 'Blitz Red' impatiens are used in a sweep of bright color that contrasts well against the emerald green of the grass in front.
1. Command Attention Like a stop sign, red makes us pause. Take advantage of this bold hue in the landscape to direct the eye where you want it. Here, swaths of red impatiens funnel attention to the front door.

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on Tuesday
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March 25, 2014
conifers, impatiens, potted sweet potato vine and geraniums
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March 24, 2014
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March 13, 2014
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March 1, 2014
awsome color selection with flowers and even wondering if the deeper green of the gass is intentional. from standpoint of color which seems to base or bottom end the scLes of green and allow the lightened and yellow accents within shrubbery to liven up and tie to the hues within the architecture of home while the red in the flowes mutes down the contrast of the bluestone and the clay pavers. conecting them both as "earthy"
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Flowers front
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brick and ivy exterior
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December 27, 2013
front landscape
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December 25, 2013
All red flowers in front of the house
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December 23, 2013
Front flower garden
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December 8, 2013
Красные цветы
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December 3, 2013
paver layout
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December 2, 2013
love the red next to the green shrubbery
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Red annuals?
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entry door
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red impatients
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love everything about this
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english garden and brick drive
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October 8, 2013
Colorful flowers, here, "Blitz Red" impatiens
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Ivy and tower?
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double red impatiens
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I love these great swathes of color.
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ivy and flowers
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I love how the vines crawl up the brick
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Use of Red for entranceway
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Red flowering impatiens
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August 4, 2013
I like the flower beds full of color and low to the ground coverage. Red flowering impatiens?
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One color agian
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Brick work at entrance and outside windows
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July 26, 2013
ideal front look for tudor home
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July 24, 2013
take away the roofed area and bring the steps out more??
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The red and the house
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Red impatiens
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Brique et pierre
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Acompañando la entrada en rojo
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Beautiful border for front yard
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Red in landscape
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English manor garden
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add small flowers edge of walk way
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Border against wall on right of path
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love this
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Here, swaths of red impatiens funnel attention to the front door.
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I like this ground cover
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bahçe design örnek
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kiss of red
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Ivy on house
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the look
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front door idea
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Landscaping with red inpatients
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I love the pop of red, the climbing plants and the architecture of the house.
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Red plants around house
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Red Impatients
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Vintage style with aligned red flowers!
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red next to green grass
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Bold heavy bordered beds, clean and simple, yet stunning
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front border in front of shrubs
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Garden bed ground cover
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Love the borders
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ground cover by side of house
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Red flowers
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Red flowers
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Flowers and ivy
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April 7, 2013
Like the flowers in front of the shrubs.
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April 3, 2013
For future reference...
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pop of red
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April 1, 2013
Vines on the walls
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Red with green
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Red impatients
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blitz red impatiens i like
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like the solid colour
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Red I patients
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red flowers for landscaping
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Splash of color
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amassed impatiens
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front area in summertime
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Love the contrast
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Red impatiens
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adding color
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red begonias
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Charm of the house
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How lush! Back yard?
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Red flowers
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red flowers
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March 1, 2013
Looks old
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February 27, 2013
red and green garden against the bricks
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El verde!
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February 26, 2013
Direct the eye where you want it. Here, swaths of red impatiens funnel attention to the front door.
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February 26, 2013
front impatients
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February 25, 2013
Tudor flowers
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February 25, 2013
Red flowers
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February 24, 2013
Like the look and ground cover the flowers provide
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Like the the rows of the same flowers
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February 22, 2013
Ivy and flowers traditional settings
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ingang, deur
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rooi blomme
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February 20, 2013
colour to draw attention to the entrance
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February 20, 2013
Or purple or white!
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February 20, 2013
jardim - flores vermelhas
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February 20, 2013
Use of red impatiens lead to door
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February 19, 2013
Love red flowers
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February 19, 2013
Red flowers
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Red boarder
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Love the red flowers and the ivy and the front door.
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February 19, 2013
Like a stop sign, red makes us pause. Take advantage of this bold hue in the landscape to direct the eye where you want it. Here, swaths of red impatiens funnel attention to the front door.
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February 19, 2013
on the neighbours wall i want to do this
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red impatients
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Red flowers
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ivy on the walls!
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February 19, 2013
Like a stop sign, red makes us pause. Take advantage of this bold hue in the landscape to direct the eye where you want it. Here, swaths of red impatiens funnel attention to the front door.
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Impatiens planted en masse to accent the front.
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House Front
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February 18, 2013
beautiful landscaping
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Splash of red
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like the brick work
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February 18, 2013
red flowers
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February 18, 2013
Find out what kind of Ivy is this and how can it grow in CAlif.... I want this going up my stones in the front.. It this a cold weather ivy, does it need lots of water etc.
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February 18, 2013
Rojo, demanda atencion.
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February 18, 2013
Like a stop sign, red makes us pause. Take advantage of this bold hue in the landscape to direct the eye where you want it. Here, swaths of red impatiens funnel attention to the front door
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February 18, 2013
Here, swaths of red impatiens funnel attention to the front door.
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February 18, 2013
red swath of impatiens.
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February 18, 2013
Use a pergola instead of having plants on the house.
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February 18, 2013
going to do this
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February 18, 2013
Ivy looks great.
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February 18, 2013
like house
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February 18, 2013
What a perfect home!!!!!
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February 18, 2013
love the look of the landscaping and added flowers in containers at entrance
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Day leo
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Love the creeper on the walls
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Burst of red
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February 17, 2013
Love the red curve to invite in
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February 17, 2013
1. Command Attention Like a stop sign, red makes us pause. Take advantage of this bold hue in the landscape to direct the eye where you want it. Here, swaths of red impatiens funnel attention to the front door.
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February 17, 2013
Red flowers for spring
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February 17, 2013
red impatiens
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February 17, 2013
Red flowers, ivy. Very simple
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February 17, 2013
Like the red impatiens
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Swaths of Red Impatiens
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Great entrance
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Ivy on the walls
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stone walls, brick walkway, climbing vines, red flowers
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