North Arlington ResidenceTraditional Landscape, DC Metro

Sinuous Driveway - Acts as the backbone of the garden. Both the lower and upper garden are bordered by Annabelle Hydrangeas and Zelkovas planted along the asphalt driveway making the driveway recede and emphasizing a garden feel to an otherwise functional space.

Photo credit: ROGER FOLEY

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janinestroud wrote:Aug 31, 2012
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    Katia Goffin Gardens
    You could do a brick area in front of front door to delineate entrance... and find a transition (a break. in the paving with another material) to the asphalt or other material you are using.
    Just an idea I .... Good luck. you have the right idea.
  • rbcola
    You have been so helpful! Thank you KG! I'll try to "report in on progress" and perhaps send pictures when we've got something to "show".
Vandana Sharma wrote:Aug 9, 2014
  • Kelsey Compars

    This is honestly such a beautiful driveway. The flowers look so amazing on each side of the asphalt. My husband told me we could redo our driveway and something like this would be perfect.

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    e.k.smith landscape design

    Looks great now however the Zelkovas were planted to close together they max out @ 50 -80 ' tall and about 40' - 50' wide

kembleteague wrote:Mar 2, 2013
  • josiebella
    how far are each hydragea
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    Katia Goffin Gardens
    they are planted 5' on center. This means that you allow exactly the same distance from the center of one plant to the center of the next. The goal is that with time the plants join, flowing together, with no soil showing.
smagdoff wrote:Sep 14, 2016
tracybaziuk wrote:May 22, 2014
  • fissfiss
    We can grow hydrangeas in Maine, there may be hope for Manitoba!
  • jjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjj
    From one Manitoban to another you can grow hydrangeas here. They like consistent moisture with mulch around them. I have found that the white ones grow best here.
dheizenroth wrote:Sep 8, 2012
  • motherbear
    Beg pardon....those are the trees...I think ALL the shrubs are hydrangeas.
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    Katia Goffin Gardens
    Motherbear is right... all hydrangeas
miastensrud wrote:May 27, 2014
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    Katia Goffin Gardens
    They are planted on both sides of the trees. Hydrangeas get about 3-4' tall... you can cut them back to manage height every winter.
kjlipton wrote:Apr 12, 2014
Brigitte Reynolds wrote:Feb 3, 2013
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    Katia Goffin Gardens
    The Zelkovas are spaced 23.5" apart (on center).
    They are regularly pruned to maintain their shape and size. Good Luck!
  • Christine W
    It depends on the type of hydrangea bush and how they will be cared for as well as the existing space between the trees you now have. You have to account for how big the trees will get as well as how big you want the bushes to go. If you have a service that will keep them groomed then they can control that a bit. However if you are going to let them rage out then they can get pretty big. This is obviously a manicured yard so the homeowner probably keeps them in check.
milliemegrace wrote:Nov 10, 2012
milliemegrace wrote:Nov 10, 2012
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    Katia Goffin Gardens
    Annabelle hydrangea is not an evergreen, Your best bet is to go to your local nursery and ask what grows in your area that look like a hydrangea... and is evergreen .
  • PRO
    Katia Goffin Gardens
    Annabelle hydrangea is not an evergreen, Your best bet is to go to your local nursery and ask what grows in your area that look like a hydrangea... and is evergreen .
Brigitte Reynolds wrote:Sep 17, 2012
  • motherbear
    They are identified as "more info" under photo.
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    Katia Goffin Gardens
    No -they are Zelkovas :)
salongirl1001 wrote:Aug 25, 2015
MeLiN wrote:May 26, 2015
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    Katia Goffin Gardens

    These were spaced 4' on center and this photo was taken 1.5 years after they were planted.

travelbug01 wrote:Jun 11, 2014
Jill McAuley wrote:Apr 2, 2014
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    Katia Goffin Gardens
    Thank you. The trees are Zelkovas and the shrubs are Annabelle Hydrangeas that line an interior driveway.
garymex wrote:Mar 30, 2014
josiebella wrote:May 21, 2013
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    Katia Goffin Gardens
    The Annabelle Hydrangea are planted 3-4' apart.This helps as the Annabelle's mature they grow together and support one another ( more or less)
marcos86 wrote:Oct 1, 2012
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    Katia Goffin Gardens
    They really are hydrangeas ... Annabelle is the variety .

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Mitchell Parker added this to 28 Outdoor Projects Everyone Should Know AboutSep 4, 2014

15. Reseal your asphalt driveway. Sometimes your driveway just needs a new face. In fact, asphalt driveways should be resealed every two years. The cost isn’t bad, between 10 and 25 cents per square foot, and the result can make a huge difference. Full story: See how to reseal your asphalt driveway

Christine Tusher added this to How to Reseal Your Asphalt DrivewayJul 23, 2014

Who to hire: This is a project you can likely take on yourself. But if you do decide to go with a pro, make sure you choose someone who’s licensed and insured, and for whom there are no complaints registered with the Better Business Bureau. The professional you choose should also give you a written estimate and should never ask for cash up front.Steer clear of anyone who knocks on your door offering to do your driveway for a rock-bottom price because they have some extra SealCoat. It might be a scam.Best time to reseal your driveway: Spring through fall is the best time in most parts of the U.S. You’ll need to pick a time when it’s warm enough for the sealer to set — typically a period where temperatures won’t dip below 60 degrees for 24 hours before and after the sealer is applied — and when no rain is in the forecast for that same period.

Marianne Lipanovich added this to How to Design a Colorful Flower BedJul 1, 2014

In the garden, greens and whites are the neutrals, though they also can make a stunning statement on their own. A garden in green and white is a cool oasis on a hot summer day.

Le jardinet added this to 6 Driveway Looks Take Landscapes Along for the RideMay 6, 2013

Solution B: Establish a rhythm with regularly spaced trees on either side of the driveway, interplanted with a modest-height hedge.This glorious mass planting of white Annabelle hydrangeas (Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle') sweeps out of sight, enticing visitors to see where it leads. Although one can still see over these shrubs, there is a sense of mystery since the ground plane is not immediately visible on the other side. Zelkova trees flank the driveway and set up a pleasing rhythm while adding height to what otherwise might become a monotonous design. Both the trees and shrubs add structure to the garden in winter as well.This elegant garden lends itself perfectly to classic architecture such as colonial or Cape Cod styles. Yet its elegant monochromatic scheme would work well for an approach to any traditional-style home.

Kristie Barnett, The Decorologist added this to 9 Timely Home Projects to Tackle During School HoursAug 17, 2012

Fix the driveway. Maybe you've been putting off having your driveway repaired or redone. Early fall, when's it's cooling off but not yet cold, is the best time to schedule this kind of project. My own driveway project is scheduled to start in two weeks.Tell me: What home projects are you planning now that the kids are back in school?More: Quick Home Fixes That Make You Feel GreatUse Houzz to Create Your To-Do List

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too much of the same, to common

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Black top plus border plus landscaping

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Nice driveway with brick border

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Want a row of hydrangeas somewhere (Proven Winner-Rio)

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