After working on remodeling their property for over 5 years Kim and Dan Engebretson were ready for the final touches! They’d moved into their home almost a year before things like the driveway, the walkway, the grass and the landscape were complete. The bones were fabulous. Two beautiful oak trees in the front, nicely cooled down what could have been a brutal western exposure. They were also blessed with a lovely mature Southern Magnolia located on the north side of the property. Their home with blue siding, white trim and an aluminum roof added to a nice southern country feel.
When i arrived to take pictures for the design, the driveway and walkway had just been poured. No grading had been done yet. But, the magic of photo imaging, allowed me to create the exact look of their future landscape.
These are the pictures i took to begin the design. Click on any image for an enlarged view. The walkway to the house from the driveway wasn’t even complete!
In the next shot, the view from the road, the concrete driveway had just been poured and was complete with orange caution tape guarding the pour. In this view you can see the oaks in front and the magnolia on the left side of the house. My vision was to create
a traditional southern country look for this comfortable country home. The two oak trees in the front would be stunning in spring with Formosa Azaleas, the picture of fine southern country living, and when not in bloom, cushioning the oaks. Although the magnolia was well loved, it’s many seed pods and leaves were not. Rather than be in sight and require clean up, it
was decided that a screen was in order. What better screen in this large area than giant split leaf philodendrons? The plan was to place them well in front of the magnolia’s drop zone and just conceal the mess. Out of sight out of mind? It’s not that they do harm, they are just unsightly, so as the split leaf philodendrons become a thick wall, no one will ever see the magnolia leaves again!
Well enough talk.. here are the design images.
So? How did it turn out? Take a drive down beautiful Boy Scout Road and see for yourself. You’ll recognize it when you see it!