This Solon home went through major renovation both inside and out. When the time came for the outside face lift, attention was especially paid to maximize the space for entertaining and outdoor living. A pergola built to compliment the home’s architectural lines provides a sense of space and filtered shade. Bluestone on edge, barnstone steps and the irregular cut bluestone patio impart a sculptural and meditative quality. Adding to the classic simplicity of this city garden are Fragrant Magnolia, Iris, Boxwood, and Knockout Roses.
The design of this front walkway and garden was influenced by the architecture of this Shaker Hts. home. The sandstone walkway was re-configured to weave it’s way to the front door. By doing so, the walkway lends itself to a garden that offers many vantage points of interest. A formal flair is achieved with a pair of sandstone pillars and Boxwood hedge. Afternoon sunlight highlights a variety of plant material from Boursault Rhododendron, Star Magnolia, Walker’s Low Catmint to Lady’s Mantle. Appropriately placed to balance the weight of the pillars, an old carved stone trough is filled with the colorful annuals.
With a love of travel and antiquity, the owners of this farm house dreamed to create an outdoor space that reminded them of their travels abroad. Designed with the formal structure of low walls and flagstone lined pathways, the garden was ready to take on its character. Filled with bushy perennials, lots of groundcover and woody plant material, the display of texture and color became the delight for all to see. Sandstone pathways outlined with Boxwood Hedges and Ajuga lead you around the home’s perimeter. The senses soar with fragrant blossoms and vivid colors.
The renovation of this elegant century home added the much needed space for this family to entertain and enjoy the outdoors. Grade changes from the driveway to the various doorways into the home were addressed with retaining walls and wide steps. Keeping in style with the home’s architecture clay pavers and natural stone were used to create the patio areas. Carefully, selected plant material was installed for both the avid gardener and casual deer visitation. The outdoor nightlighting aligns pathways for both ambiance and functionality.
This home is nestled in the woods surrounded by mature canopied shade trees. It seemed natural to invite nature’s beauty in for a closer look. We used lots of indigenous trees, shrubs, perennials and groundcovers to create a seamless flow from home to forest. The informal groupings of plant material offer a colorful display of color throughout the blooming season. Large outcropping stone not only serves as a functional tool for the rolling terrain, yet adds additional texture and interest for the pockets of perennials.