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

Urban Renewal

This urban property was home to some magnificent plant specimens, but had been untended for years. The perimeter hedge was replaced with black aluminum fencing, and granite posts were added to mark the entry. By pruning up the English yews, which exposed their beautiful contorted trunks and exfoliating bark, and removing the overgrown, invasive shrubs, the attractive parapet of the porch was revealed and flooded with light. In the back yard, the large tree against the house and the deck through which it grew were removed and replaced with wide steps, the curve of which reflects the arch above the entry. The steps lead to a paver patio contiguous with the driveway, increasing the potential parking space for occasional use. The dark gray of the new cedar fence will enhance the changing colors of the newly-planted trees and shrubs.

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The perimeter hedge had become sparse in places and overgrown and weed-infested in others, and is seen here crowding the front path and diminishing the impressive arched entry.

Fencing has replaced the hedge at the perimeter and granite posts mark the inviting entry and walkway.

The English Yews and other shrubs were crowding and darkening the front porch.

The yews were pruned up to expose their beautiful contorted trunks and exfoliating bark. Overgrown and invasive shrubs were removed, revealing the attractive parapet of the porch, now flooded with light.

The elegant arched doorway to the garden room was obscured by the large tree which had been planted in the deck and too close to the house.

The tree and deck have been removed and replaced with wide steps, the curve of which reflects the arch above. The steps lead to a paver patio which is contiguous with the driveway, increasing the potential parking space for occasional use.

Diseased and damaged trees at the back of the property overhang the playset and are slated for removal. The cedar fence is also decaying and will be replaced.

The new patio flows around the dogwood that will shade seating in the summer and provide a colorful display in spring and fall. The patio was left unsealed to allow drainage of water to the roots below.

The wide arch recurrent in the architecture of the house and garage is reflected in the detailing of the driveway.

The newly-planted trees and shrubs begin to take on their fall colors and are offset nicely by the dark gray of the new cedar fence.

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