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The woodland strolling garden combines steppers and shredded bark as it winds through the border, pausing at a “story stone”. Planting locations minimize disturbance to existing canopy tree roots and provide privacy within the yard.
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Kelly wrote:
Looks like a shady garden but what evergreens are doing so well there?
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how do mission arbs do with deer?

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Deer browsing on foliage can be a problem during severe winters. Arborvitae is not their favorite food in our area, but if they get hungry enough they will do some damage.

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sararachelk wrote:
what is the ground cover around the stone steps please
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myrtle,ground vinca
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The ground cover is Green Carpet Pachysandra.
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charleneirwin wrote:
What - What is the low ground cover type plant on each side of the sidewalk
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myrtle
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We selected Pachysandra 'Green Carpet' for the ground cover on this site. Pachysandra is a wonderful shade loving plant.
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apriltini wrote:
What's the plant with the green flowers near the chairs?
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Hydrangea
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Annabelle Hydrangea. The flower opens white then changes to the green color show. It ultimately fades to a soft beige.
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joliver2013 wrote:
Hot tub - Can you tell me is that a custom design or is that a prefab you can purchase? Thanks, J
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Thank you for your interest in our project. The spa is custom built using Gunite concrete. It can be made is any shape or size. Hope that helps with your project.

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I am not sure what your question is. Please clarify?

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Laurie Ann Harris wrote:
Will the plants in the picture survive living under pine trees in GA? - I have a yard full of pine tress and a septic system. This yard seems so peaceful. You created a beautiful environment.
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Thank you for your comment and question. Many of the plants shown should grow fine under pines in Georgia. In Chicago our climate is much colder and our plant palette is limited. Please check your soils pH when selecting your plants. A visit to your local arboretum or nursery should help in your local selection.
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jenphillips45 wrote:
Bushes - What are the bushes in the back?
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The taller evergreen shrubs are Mission Arborviate. The flowering shrub is Annabelle Hydrangea.
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Is the ground cover in the background Pachysandra? - The ground cover behind the chairs in the background - is that Pachysandra? If so, which variety?
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We selected the cultivar Pachysandra 'Green Carpet'.
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sheilapummell wrote:
What kind of material is the walk way made of???
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Shredded bark mulch.
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dkayk wrote:
Love the chairs!! Where were they purchased? Thank you.
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These are the Newport Reclining Armchair as available from Gardenside Teak. Country Casual may also have a line that is similar. Thanks for the question!
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Laura Gaskill added this to The Contemplative Garden: A Place for Quiet Reflection
10. A place to be at peace. Consider where in your garden feels the most private and peaceful, and put a seat there. Think of this as your place of peace — different from a social gathering spot, this is meant to be a solo retreat or a place for heartfelt one-on-one conversations. But even more important than the particular chair or location? That you actually devote time to using your outdoor space, reconnecting with nature, your breath and your heart’s desires. Tell us: Do you have a special place for contemplation in your garden? Please share a photo in the Comments.More: How to Carve Out a Corner Designed Just for You
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2. Keep furniture flexible. Areas of a garden that feel like inviting nooks can change both with the seasons and the time of day. To avoid limiting your options, use easy-to-move furniture, like lightweight chairs, to be able to easily change the position and arrangement of your seating nook. Swap out furniture as needed. For example, a small foldable cafe table used in spring and summer could be traded for a movable fire pit to anchor a seating nook in fall and winter.

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mission arborvitae, annabelle hydrangea, pachysandra groundcover
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Simple dirt path, seating, greens

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