As anyone with a busy, stressful job will tell you – when they come home, it should be to a relaxing space, preferably outdoors. These Edina homeowners wanted a place to greet neighbors in the front yard, places to entertain in the back, and a spa they could use year-round.
In the front yard, one of Southview's landscape architects designed a welcoming courtyard/front entry. Just large enough for a table, a couple of chairs, a small fountain, and flowers, the courtyard is separated from the street by a low mortared limestone wall. The space hints at privacy but invites the neighbors in for conversation and evening refreshments.
Overgrown and dying, the back yard lacked any entertainment space other than the screened porch and a small patio.
After a complete renovation of the gardens, a gas fire pit patio and seat wall are separated from the screened porch/dining terrace by a lush garden.
Winding path to relaxation
Extending the garden across the winding path to just behind the garage, the existing koi pond was refurbished and a hot tub nestled in nearby but still within view of the fire pit to give the back yard a secret-garden-feel.
A casual bluestone patio with two Adirondack chairs and a small table provides a comfortable spot to sit while the dog burns off some energy in the spacious expanse of lawn at the back of the yard.
Southview Design can help you create the secret garden of your dreams. Call us today for an initial consultation.
Hardscape Materials: Gas fire pit, Patio, Seat Wall - Tumbled Bluestone; Front Yard Wall – Fond du Lac; Backyard Path – Bluestone; Casual Backyard Patio – Bluestone Flagstone
Softscape Materials: Some of the flowers in the perennial garden include ligularia, monarda, sedum, echinacea, rudbeckia, iris, bittersweet tree, globe blue spruce.
- Photographer: Peter Kowler
- Location: Edina, MN
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