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Inspiration for a traditional shade backyard landscaping in Minneapolis.

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.

Inspiration for a traditional shade backyard landscaping in Minneapolis. —  Houzz
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This photo has 17 questions
mdfinn4 wrote:Mar 15, 2012
mariasangeria wrote:Jun 11, 2012
  • Toni Spitler
    how tall and what is the spread at maturity of Techny Arborvitae?
  • monroviakate

    Slow growing to 12 to 15 feet tall, 6 to 8 feet wide.

kdangelo1 wrote:Mar 19, 2012
  • csfowler1
    How much sun can it handle?
  • sillinlan
    What variety is the Hydrangea?
jobie1 wrote:Feb 19, 2012
kimmydi wrote:Jan 2, 2014
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    Windsor Companies
    Japanese spurge or Pachysandra terminalis 'Green Carpet'
  • angelah1989
    Ground cover
donnaeb wrote:Apr 22, 2012
  • motherbear
    Pachysandra terminalis 'Green Carpet' & Annabelle hydrangea.
  • donnaeb
    thanks so much
lizkozar wrote:Apr 21, 2015
  • cluedin
    Looks like the old fashioned "annabelle hydrangea to me. They are the easiest and most reliable to grow in shade. They bloom on new wood so they are very hardy ( you cut them back each spring). Maybe you have a variety that blooms only on old wood, and these would not bloom after a hard winter in northern climates.
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              Alasdair Hutchison wrote:Sep 19, 2013

                What Houzz contributors are saying:

                Becky Harris added this to How to Use Pachysandra Responsibly in the LandscapeOct 9, 2012

                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."

                Debra Prinzing added this to Garden Design Essentials: Shape and MassApr 16, 2012

                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

                Lisa Frederick added this to 10 Home Fixes That Require a ProMar 26, 2012

                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.

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