Garden Tour 2016

Suburban Standout

Along a lawn lined street, this front yard is a standout for several reasons. This landscape renovation, designed by local landscape designer Roberta Walker, chose to go ‘lawn-less’ in 2010 and created an attractive front yard that is envied by neighbors. While others are mowing their lawn on Saturday mornings, this homeowner can sit on their front porch, sip some coffee and enjoy the beauty of their efforts.

The wide inviting entry walk is flanked by a variety of plants that embrace the ‘greener’ gardens concept and evoke the feeling of a residential botanical garden. Predominantly a full-sun exposure, these sun loving plants bloom throughout the year providing continuous color and interest. Varied foliage color, juxtapositions of texture, and combinations of form makes for an aesthetically pleasing and interesting composition of plant material that requires less water, less fertilizer and less maintenance than the traditional front yard lawn.

Being water-wise, the edible plant selections (Washington Navel Orange and ‘Misty’, ‘Sunshine Blue’ and ‘Blue Moon’ blueberry varieties) left of the driveway, and design elements such as an ornamental address stake, large scale boulders and river bed and decorative lighting make this yard a suburban standout.

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