A house and garage expansion made way for this major site renovation, which includes a large edible garden with raised beds, fire pit, paver walkways, rain gardens, permeable driveway, and a huge selection of native plants! The swampy site dictated the selection of moisture loving plant material – obedient plant, rattlesnake master, swamp milkweed, iris, serviceberry, sweetspire and more! These plants provide bloom and texture all year long. The rain gardens, drainage and permeable driveway were critical in managing water on the site in a natural way.
The permeable paver driveway is constructed of Techo-Bloc Pure paver and bordered by exposed aggregate to coordinate with the rest of the project. The paver walkway and custom cedar “Davinci” arbor invite friends and family to the backyard and lead them to a small paver patio and fire pit. A few years later we added corrugated Corten raised edible beds, a coordinating cedar arbor for vining edible plants, and relocated cedar edible raised beds to the same area. In addition, asparagus, blueberries and other perennial edible favorites were incorporated into the garden. A compost bin was also added. Home to several dogs, the backyard was reclaimed with another fence to separate dogs and nice landscape area, while the new cedar pergola doubled as a food structure and shade and entrance to the deck for the dogs.
The newest phase of the project includes invasive removals around the property, a low grass prairie in the front yard for pollinators, birds and general love of the environment, as well as another prairie in the back.
Overall, this project is a environmentalist’s dream come true and is a pleasure to be in. Homegrown food, natives, permeable pavers – what more could you ask for?
Phase 1 Completed Spring 2017
Phase 2 Completed Spring 2018
Prairie installation in Progress
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