Evanston Residence

The Owners of this traditional Georgian desired to renovate their overgrown formal garden outside their screen porch.
The garden had been poorly maintained and the mature plants were taking over the yard and porch. Because of the size of the plants, this area felt constricted and closed off from the rest of the yard and blocked the view of the lake.
The first task was to remove all the existing plant material and open up the space which allowed the Design Team to start with a clean pallet. The Owners requested that private screening be provided to hide the public park across the street. The new plants needed to tall enough to provide the screening, but not grow tall enough to block the view of the lake from the second story of the house. A hedge row of Arborvitaes was installed to screen the park year round.
The owners also requested that the new garden still retain its formal feel and design. The garden is centered on the porch and consists of a center circle with paths radiating off the axis points. The center circle contains a trickling fountain that is surrounded by brightly colored annuals. Since the owners enjoy abundant summer color, a sophisticated irrigation system was installed throughout the planting beds. Boxwood hedges and groundcover surround the garden, to retain its formal feeling.
To create a relaxed feel amongst a formal setting, bluestone chips were used to surface the paths bordered by flagstone curbing. Two wrought iron benches frame the circle and provide a serene setting to relax.
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