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.
What Houzz contributors are saying:
How to use it. Pachysandra is a great pick for a border garden. Its lighter green color also creates contrast next to hedges and evergreens.I spoke with landscape architect Meg Arnosti of Windsor Companies about using Pachysandra responsibly. "Pachysandra is not considered to be invasive in Minnesota," she says, "and on the list of invasive plants from the USDA it is in the final category, 'Local Concern and Monitoring.' When we use it, it is always bound by edging to keep it in place. It spreads very slowly, and I have never experienced it growing out of bounds, nor have I heard complaints from my many gardener friends."
While the ingredients are quite traditional — a lawn, ground cover, flowering shrubs and a specimen tree — this design utilizes shape quite well. The overall look is sophisticated, beginning with the strong, rounded lawn and continuing to the curved planting bands that emanate from it, all the way to the arborvitae hedge, which provides mass at the perimeter of this lovely, green garden.More:Garden Sculptures Shape the Landscape
8. Tree removal. Smaller trees (say, 10 or 15 feet high) are OK to cut down on your own, but anything larger should have you speed dialing the tree service. First, amateurs and chainsaws rarely mix well. Then there's the art of gauging where the tree will fall — miss the mark, and it could hit a power line or crush a wing of your house. And trying to balance up high while you saw off limbs is an ER visit waiting to happen.