This home is set almost a mile off a main road on a private drive. Although privacy is one thing, this large spruce entirely obscures the curb appeal, blocking the view from inside and out. The couple also wanted to create distinction to the front door and install a path leading from the garage to the house.
Nope, fooled you. This isn't the front door. . .
After several meetings a preliminary sketch and a complete formal design. . .
Courtney's initial design
We began by trimming up the large but lovely blue spruce that blocked the front view of the house and hid the front door. We are always hesitant to cut down healthy trees. The clients loved the tree and once it was not blocking the view of the house, it worked well in the space.
A new crushed limestone path from the garage clearly defines the front entry
This garden is a shade loving delight proving that shade does not need to be boring and
colorless. The earliest blossoms will be of the Amelanchier "Service Berry" followed by rhododendron and azalea. Pulminaria (lung wort) with its distinctive spotted leaves will flower in May followed by a burst of early summer color of mini stella daylily. Other daylily will soon catch up as well as a Lobelia Cardinalis, Astilbe, and Ligularia "Little Rocket". Hosta and shade tolerant grasses and sedges (Carex Morrowii) fill in with texture and shape rounding of this sun challenged spot.
Also included in the plan was a lovely new flagstone stoop that replaced a weathered wood step, eliminated a spring mud issue and defined the front door.