HillTop Gardens - "Landscaping by Design"

Before:   Homeowner wants total redesign. Awkward entrance, un-level foundation beds, high water table and deer issues
Before: Homeowner wants total redesign. Awkward entrance, un-level foundation beds, high water table and deer issues
Goals: Fresh foundation planting, new stone walk and stoop. Hide utilities at side of house.
Stage One: Raised beds and new foundation and side yard planting
Yard drains poorly, so raised beds necessary for planting success
Stage One:   Raised beds and new foundation and side yard planting
Stage One:   New walkway and porch
Stage One: New walkway and porch
Arizona stone best match with existing brick work
Stage Two: Tree Planting
Add native trees and wetland plants in raised bed.
Stage Two: Tree Planting
Stage Two: Retaining wall
Stage Two: Retaining wall
Design complete with completion of raised beds and wall.
Container Planting
Want lush? Plant in large pots
Container Planting
Before:  Front Yard
Before: Front Yard
Redesign needed after building addition onto home and removing old plantings.
After: Front Yard
Transplant large Boxwoods and weeping Cherry tree from back yard. Add fresh shrubs and plant bank to complete design.
After:  Front Yard
Front Before
Front Before
Before re-design
Front After
Planting the bank along the sidewalk
Front After
Side of driveway
Side of driveway
Leftover Boxwood from back yard transplanted with Liriope to tie driveway to new front yard design.
Driveway Before
Goal to add steps off driveway to side yard and expand planting beds with flowering tree. Replace high maintenance hollies at garage
Driveway Before
Driveway After
Driveway After
Transplanted Iris, correctly sized evergreens at garage door, small tree planted with groundcovers to reduce future mulching needs and Liriope edge to retain mulch in bed.
Before Front yard
Goal: Overgrown Azaleas to be transplanted and Japanese Maple reduced 25%, the maximum recommended. Add four season focal point to bed.
Before Front yard
After Front yard
After Front yard
Lone Japanese Maple at entrance now has some help creating a nice garden focal point. We added an evergreen columnar and ground covers with large stones to add winter interest and balance garden.
After Front yard
Replace wispy Azaleas with evergreens that have more presence because of density of foliage and dark green color. All front yard beds were edged with variegated Liriope to increase brightness and add needed color.
After Front yard
Before Side yard
Before Side yard
Add deer proof plants to stone wall and woodland edge next to parkland
After Side yard
Added native trees, creeping evergreens to spill over wall, deer proof upright evergreens, etc.
After Side yard
Before: Patio repairs needed
Before: Patio repairs needed
Azaleas bare from deer browsing
After Patio
Pavers reset, evergreen replaced non performing Azaleas
After Patio
25 " containers with evergreen conifers
25 " containers with evergreen conifers
The pots performed beautifully for over 4 years despite being exposed to full sun and wind on balcony. Homeowner diligently watered them every 3 days all through the gardening season. We did annual minor pruning and composted.
 
 

Before: 

requested re-design: replace front stoop and stepping stone walkway.













After: 

Widened front walk and curved porch steps are dramatic improvements to the front entrance of this home.  








Cedar arbor was added to this side yard to create a doorway into a new woodland 'garden room' and flanked with evergreens for screening. 















 
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