Naturalistic, Organized Entrance

Completed entry

Sprucing up a front foundation can be a challenge when you live out in the hills of central Wisconsin. Add the challenge of roaming, hungry deer.

The homeowners in this beautiful country home did not have time to maintain their landscape, leaving them with a mess of plantings and weeds coming up to their front door. After landscape designer Susan M. Murphy Jones designed their backyard entertainment area, they asked her to help with the front.

They needed ease of maintenance and order to the planting method. To assist with those priorities and cope with the limited plant selection and deer, Jones immediately thought stone! She pulled out existing plants and reused them in masses for a cleaner look.

To save money, she left the curving concrete walk in place and bordered it with beds of a mix of larger and smaller cobblestones. She added a new, crushed red-granite path that works off the concrete walk and leads around the property. To accent the front entry and complement the more natural look, she planted a large white spire birch clump. (“Feeling Curvy.” Backyard Solutions 2012: 27.)

Project type: Residential

Services provided: Landscape design, reused and organized existing plants, created low maintenance landscape, materials purchasing, general contracting, consulting, billing, follow-up

Year: 2010

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