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Photo of a traditional shade front yard stone landscaping in Chicago.

Just a Fabulous Place to call HomeTraditional Landscape, Chicago

After reconfiguring the drive, our team re-aligned the secondary walk toward the family parking area. Massed woody plants, perennials, and groundcover downplay the secondary entry from visitors, and are repeated around the property to create a consistent planting plan.

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kelli614 wrote:Mar 4, 2013
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    It looks to me like the groundcover is either Pachysandra or creeping myrtle (Vinca minor). Both are beautiful and easy to grow...at least where I live in zone 5
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    @kayrv, you're correct, it is Pachysandra, thanks!
Alicia wrote:May 28, 2014
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Kara wrote:May 6, 2017
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    Hi Kara,

    The arches extend 38.5" down from the soffit the side offset is 18" from the side of the post. These dimensions related to other architectural details on the home. When selecting your arch dimensions we would consider other architectural features on your home. Hope this helps.

    Good luck with your project!


hickox1 wrote:Feb 18, 2017
  • Brenda

    The siding and trim are custom colors mixed by our painter. The shutters and doors are Mountain Moss by Benjamin Moore.

ehagenhoff wrote:Jan 20, 2015
lindacaulfield wrote:May 18, 2014
lindacaulfield wrote:May 18, 2014
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    Thank you for your interest in our project. The paving material we used on this project is Bluestone. The porches are concrete surfaced in Bluestone that is mortared and grouted in place. The walkways are dry laid (without concrete) into a compacted gravel base. Crushed Bluestone is swept in the joints.
danita2055 wrote:Apr 6, 2014
trudy22 wrote:Dec 27, 2013

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Annie Thornton added this to Hydrangea Arborescens Illuminates Garden Borders and PathsJul 28, 2016

‘Annabelle’ wild hydrangea grows along the entry path of this Chicago garden. How to use it. Wild hydrangea makes a good border plant, forming a dense mound of foliage and flowers. It could be grown close to a driveway or walkway where snow would be piled, since it’s usually cut near the ground when done flowering and is cold- and salt-tolerant. It’s also a good choice for a shaded garden. Although it doesn’t like constant wetness, its tolerance for a range of soil moistures could make it a good choice for a rain garden, particularly along the middle or upper levels. Wild hydrangea would also do well near a concrete foundation, since it can tolerate some soil alkalinity.

Frank Organ added this to Green-Only Gardens Draw the Eye and Soothe the SpiritOct 8, 2013

Some hydrangeas have green-tinged immature flowers that will hold their green color, like this Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'. Once mature, the panicles of flowers turn white. Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight' is another variety that also produces similar blooms; lime-green flower heads turn creamy white on maturing.The underplanted ground cover here is Japanese spurge (Pachysandra terminalis), a useful ground-cover plant that can cope with dry shade. The best variety to look for is 'Green Carpet', which has glossy deep green leaves.Other green flowers to try include Bells-of-Ireland (Moluccella laevis) and the European snowball viburnum (Viburnum opulus 'Roseum'), which have flowers that are green in the immature stage before maturing to white.

What Houzzers are commenting on:

hingstel added this to landscapeApr 24, 2019

I like the ground cover. Do you plant this into the mulch?

Cassandra Nunley added this to Landscape IdeasApr 16, 2019

Pachysandra terminalis is beside the hydrangeas

deb1lamb added this to Front yard ideasApr 16, 2019

Ground cover before foundation plants

panash12 added this to Exterior frontMar 25, 2019

Sloped roofline to extended out front porch

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