Classic Outdoor Courtyard




Classic Outdoor Courtyard

When this home was built in 2007, the excited homeowners were looking for a Master Landscape Design that would be installed in several stages.  The property was the first home at the end of a circle.  Set back on the lot and lower than the street, drainage was planned so it would not become a problem.  Water coming off the upper lots and the street was handled by creating a circular drive.  The center area between street and two drive entrances became a mulched planting area and large dry stream bed.  The stream bed meanders through pockets of mass plantings that were chosen to manage wet or dry conditions   Three Bald Cypress trees form a triangle and the beds include colorful Knockout Roses, Winterberry Holly, Mops Cypress, Japanese Bloodgrass, and native grasses.  The front walk curves to the entry door and large planting beds hold Columnar Spruce, Dawyck Purple Beech and Quaking Aspen trees.  An eye catching combination of Boxwood, Hydrangea, Globe Blue Spruce, Zagrab Coreopsis and the client’s favorite, Winterberry Holly fill the front beds. Other plantings include feather reed grass, Russian Sage and Pink Cloud Hibiscus.


The client’s have two adored puppies that needed a place to run but fencing in such a large property would hinder the open feel.  The solution was to create two enclosed courtyards.  The first of the fenced courtyards completed was off the rear walkout.  A double gate allows garden equipment to enter a storage area below an enclosed porch.  Pergola structures that you walk under as you exit through the gates, add atmosphere and interest to the back of the home.  Fences and a large seating area are softened with Green Velvet Boxwood, My Monet Weigela, and Sunburst Hypericum.  There is a flagstone path and stairs that connect the lower courtyard to the upper courtyard.   Also gated and fenced for the puppies, it includes a grass area, planting beds, and a dining area with a firepit.  In the future it may hold a covered outdoor kitchen.


In the beginnings of an Arboretum, a variety of trees are added to the acreage annually.  A large fruit and vegetable garden fill one corner of the property.  Although the plantings chosen for this landscape are low maintenance, the sheer scale of the property takes some work.  We manage spring, fall and an occasional clean up for our client but they take exceptional care with their maturing plantings.  They truly love their landscape and it shows.