North Arlington ResidenceTraditional Landscape, DC Metro
Woodland Garden: A curvaceous pea gravel path directs the visitor through the woodland garden located at the back and back side of the house.
It is planted with drifts of Erie and Chindo Viburnumns, Oak leaf Hyrangeas, Astilbe, Ferns, Hostas.A row of hollies was added to block the view to the son's home.
Photo credit: ROGER FOLEY
What Houzz contributors are saying:
We can’t often predict how nature will play with our garden — what wildlife will visit or what storms may come — but we can design a space that allows us to let go and enjoy nature’s offerings.Give the garden curves, bumps and bruises. Nature is curvy. Nature is bumpy. Nature is banged up. These are states of being we find beautiful in the world around us but don’t always find beautiful in ourselves or our private landscapes. Gardening by reflecting the larger world, I think, instills more personal confidence, forgiveness and happiness.
Less concrete. Go natural. After a day of work in the concrete and asphalt jungle, who needs to come home to more of that? To me, a go-to garden is all about people and plants, how they interact and coexist. Unless you have a good reason to use excessive hardscaping, why not use mulch or gravel instead? Both are permeable, inexpensive and, most important, feel great under your feet. Mulch pathways cushion the feet and bring to mind the seemingly audible silence of a wilderness retreat. Gravel crunches underfoot, making the most delightful sound.
Maintain and repair garden paths. Create neat edges, fill in gravel paths with fresh gravel and replace or reposition broken stepping stones.Check irrigation systems and hoses. Turn on the irrigation system and take a walk through your yard to make sure everything is working properly. Make adjustments and repairs as needed.