Sally J. Naish, Principal
781.859.9993
sally@lightandshadegardens.com

Redevelopment

When three homes were built where once one had stood, the back yards remained contiguous and lacked privacy.  A continuous retaining wall across the properties inhibited access to the upper level. The retaining wall has been relocated to allow installation of a 20-ft-square bluestone patio next to the deck. Moving the wall not only opens up the space visually, but also allows access to the side of the property. Mixed plantings on three sides of the deck enhance the feeling of being in the garden. A variety of destinations have been created including a woodland garden up under the oak and a small private patio nestled behind the retaining walls for added privacy.

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A retaining wall close to the house creates a narrow confined space with no way out.

The retaining wall has been moved back to allow installation of a 20-ft-square bluestone patio.

The deck is hemmed in by the retaining wall.

Locating the retaining wall further from the deck not only opens up the space visually, but also allows for a path giving access to the side of the property. Mixed plantings on three sides of the deck enhance the feeling of being in the garden.

The original, and unattractive, retaining wall spans the property line beside the deck.

Trailing plants above the wall and climbing vines beneath it will soon conceal the wall. The Blue Spruce and Sourwood tree also help to draw the eye away.

Aligned with the kitchen window, a small alcove above the steps offers the perfect location for a colorful pot or a piece of sculpture to enhance the view.

A variety of destinations have been created including a woodland garden under the oak.

The upper patio in winter …

… and in summer

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