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Outdoor Entry Foyer with Seating

Center Valley, PA, Lehigh County, outdoor entry foyer, front of house, landscape
Using the Front of Your House

When I met with this client, they had a lovely property in the front of their house that was not being utilized.  The back of their house was very sunny so they wanted to have a retreat from that environment and enjoy more of the land that they pay taxes to have.                                                                                                                                                                                                  We created a path to the front door that is an experience versus a walk to get from here to there.  It has a patio space for just the two of them to relax and enjoy a different atmosphere than they have in the back of the house with their deck.

Sheared Yews, Old, Tired Landscape, narrow path, Center Valley, PA
Old, Sheared Yews in a Tired Landscape

A Woodland Retreat

Shade garden, outdoor living room, Zionsville, PA, Lehigh County,
Bringing the Beauty of Nature into Your Outdoor Living Environment

This outdoor room was created as the second project that this client had done with Garden Design. They told me that they would like to have an outdoor room that felt like it was a part of their woods but still have some sun for light. Their very talented son built the lovely table that you see out a large piece of stone. The patio was created to hold the table and chairs and a relaxing spot for two. Annuals are added every year by the client to give some color for the entire summer.

Landscaping the Woods, Zionsville, PA, Lehigh  County, Changing the grade for a patio
The Hill that Existed Before We Started To Build the Patio

Farmhouse Makeover

Zionsville, PA Lehigh County, Bank planting, Natural Stone Steps
Bank planting with natural boulder stairs

Do you have a neglected area with some shrubs that were too big for the location so you started to shear them into balls to keep them down?  Have you sort of lost interest in taking care of your property because you are so busy?  These homeowners decided it was time to redo.  This was the area next to the driveway as you entered the home so it was seen every time someone went in and out of the driveway.  The sliding doors were not being utilized because you had to go down a steep bank to get to the driveway. 

In order to solve the problems here, we removed all of the old shrubs, put in some attractive natural stone steps because this was not a main access route and replanted the bank with a low maintenance planting.  The homeowners are very happy with the result.

Sheared yews to remove, before installation, Zionsville, PA.
Before: New access to doors. This landscape needs lots of help!

A Contemplative Japanese Garden

Landscape to Relax, Allentown, PA, Lehigh County, Lehigh Parkway
t A Tucked Away Japanese Garden Retreat

A beautiful copper bell was the inspiration for this Japanese Garden.  It was a special piece that belonged to the client and it needed to have a prominant place in the newly designed landscape.

The property was already fenced in for privacy and security because of an existing pool, but the back yard was never developed.  We put in a stepping stone  flagstone path with a sitting area for a bench to sit and admire the bell and contemplate the restful environment.

Boulders with Mazus reptans, a very low ground cover  that acts as a moss substitute, was used to give that Japanese garden feeling.  Because of the path that now exists and travels through the garden to get to the bench and bell, the area seems so much larger than when it was all grass and creates lovely views while enjoying the pool.

Lehigh Parkway, Allentown, PA, Irregular Flagstone path, winding garden path, Japanese Garden

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Outdoor Living with Style

This outdoor living room was created in a back yard that had absolutely nothing outside the back door other than grass.  It was in a new development that was a field before and so there were:  no mature trees anywhere, no shade, no privacy, no place to go and relax and no place to connect with nature.  

After meeting the homeowner who wanted to have all those things, I designed a space that provided shade by using a shade structure with the shade coming from the wood rather than vines because he wanted it to be neat and tidy.  The plants are used to create privacy but not block the rest of his property from view. 

The water feature was built with moss rock which is my favorite for water features because it has more character than most  other rocks.  It comes from the surface of the soil so that it doesn’t have pieces that are broken, as most rocks are that are used in the landscape.  The sound of the water is very soothings as you sit having dinner or relaxing. 

Of course, you really want to see what the property looked like before we started two years before this picture was taken.  The arrows in the two photographs picture the neighbor’s existing evergreen tree.  Would you believe, this is it!!

Before the outdoor living environment, water feature, pond, moss rock
Before We Started