The house was an early 80s model, surrounded on one side by non-native pachysandra and overgrown shrubs on the other.  The young family moving in wanted a fresh look, one that involved native plants and more space for outdoor play and vegetable gardening.  We pruned and transplanted shrubs to outlying areas.  Then we began with a clean ground layer for a fresh take on native shrubs and perennials.  A new front walkway and accent understory trees completed Phase 1.

After transplanting and pruning of overgrown shrubs, new soil and grading provide a blank slate for planting

Planting begins on a warm June day

Transformation with native shrubs, perennials, and a specimen dogwood tree

As we planted, drip line was installed by our subcontractor around the new material

Matrix spacing of plants establishes a lawn alternative for a good portion of the front yard

Planting a native witch hazel for late fall interest in the remnant woods