Windsor CompaniesTraditional Landscape, Minneapolis
The entire grounds of this Lake Minnetonka home was renovated as part of a major home remodel.
The orientation of the entrance was improved to better align automobile traffic. The new permeable driveway is built of recycled clay bricks placed on gravel. The remainder of the front yard is organized by soft lawn spaces and large Birch trees. The entrance to the home is accentuated by masses of annual flowers that frame the bluestone steps.
On the lake side of the home a secluded, private patio offers refuge from the more publicly viewed backyard.
This project earned Windsor Companies a Grand Honor award and Judge's Choice by the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association.
Photos by Paul Crosby.
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Botanical name: Betula nigraCommon names: River birch, black birch, water birchOrigin: Native to the eastern United StatesUSDA zones: 3 to 9 (find your zone)Water requirement: Moderate to wet soil; adapts to stream banks (as its common name implies) and poor soilsLight requirement: Full sun to partial shadeMature size: 40 to 70 feet tallBenefits and tolerances: Fast-growing, disease-resistant choice for riparian buffers to curb stream erosion and improve biodiversity; leaves are a larval food source for swallowtail butterflies and other insects; seeds attract numerous birds and other wildlifeSeasonal interest: Year-round; beautiful yellow fall colorWhen to plant: Early spring to late fall