Peaceful Dining Area

Dramatic plantings draw you into the area

Dramatic plantings draw you into the area

The owners of an older home that had been restored, wanted a larger backyard and garden for entertaining. Landscape designer Susan M. Murphy Jones, APLD, of Landscape Solutions, was brought in for the redesign. Instead of removing the existing concrete patio, which she deemed stable, Jones decided to retain it and build the new patio extension from Unilock’s manmade Copthorne multicolored pavers, which resemble old-world cobblestones and are fairly indestructible.

For the shade garden, Jones introduced a mix of native and non-native materials.To make the setting look natural, she sited big Wisconsin granite boulders that look like they came directly from a farm field and that are compatible with the existing stone walls. Both hard and softscapes are enjoyed from the new patio as well as from multiple rooms inside the house, “It’s a beautiful setting,” she says. (“Sloped Shade.” Backyard Solutions 2012: 38.)

Project type: Residential

Services provided: Landscape design, materials purchasing, general contracting

Year: 2011




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