Enhancing the entry. Incorporating a bench near the entry adds a welcoming touch to visitors and family alike. To further dramatize this area, the design incorporates bollard lighting, which provides a soft glow in the evening.
Upgrades for outdoor living. Shade is always at a premium when landscaping is young. A new pergola over the patio adds days of usefulness that might otherwise be too hot for pleasant outdoor entertaining. This view also shows how the patio was expanded to the corner of the lot, which now includes a small seating area and an attractive shed.
Attention to details. The plain board fence gets a makeover this year. Tall evergreen shrubs soften the hard face of the fence, and a new fountain creates a focal point framed by attractive flowerbeds. In addition to adding a new sight, the fountain adds sound, which can help mask noise from nearby yards and streets.
Reducing maintenance. Shade trees offer welcome relief from sun and wind, but they also create maintenance headaches. Mowing and trimming around the trunks can be reduced by underplanting trees with shade-loving perennials. Here, large-leaved hostas provide a rugged, weed-blocking ground cover that looks good from spring through late fall.
Plant a hedge. Like fences, hedges perform several useful roles. They define space, improve privacy, and provide an attractive frame for the house and yard. This low hedge is easy to maintain and provides year-round interest.