Ann Nickerson 4505
Photo: © DoreenWynja.com

When I first visited the Armentrout's back garden I saw a giant Sequoia overshadowing a thin sloping lawn, an old sport court, and a worn out deck. It had lots of potential but looked tired and uninviting.

After a nice chat, I discovered they wanted a quiet shady, retreat with room for the grandkids to play, and the sounds of water splashing and wildlife scurrying about. The oversized backyard had challenges and possibilities.

We incorporated a new deck with an existing smaller patio, and the sport court to provide entertainment areas and access around the garden. The sloping lawn was able to be flattened with the addition of a decorative retaining wall. A harmonious blend of evergreen and deciduous shrubs in shades of green, gray, gold and burgundy drape over the wall and surround the other garden elements.

Ann Nickerson 4519
Photo: © DoreenWynja.com

The overwhelming Sequoia was limbed up and under-planted with shade loving perennials with pink and white blooms. We sprinkled variegated gold and green shrubs throughout the back garden to give a feeling of dappled shade even on dark rainy days.

The front garden complements the formal Colonial façade of the house. We kept the hedge of dwarf boxwood lining the front walk, but also added a less formal paver walkway from the driveway to the front door. The same pavers were also used to edge the driveway. The additional width allows guests to move easily around the cars to the new walkway.

Because the front windows are only eighteen inches above the ground, we planted low growing shrubs and perennials between the pathway and the house. Red, white and gold are the bloom colors in the flower beds as well as the two large ceramic containers that flank the front door.

The results of this garden makeover are an easy-care yet attractive front garden, and a back garden that's inviting and relaxing for friends and family of all ages.

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2013 Designers

ANLD Designers Showcasing Their Work on the 2013 Tour

 Vern Nelson
The Hungry Gardener
503-297-0580


Laura Crockett
Garden Diva Designs, LLC
503-381-0261

Lori Scott
Lori Scott Landscape Design
503-297-5263

John Gawlista & Izzy Baptista
Lapis Lazuli Tile & Garden Design and
Professional Grounds Management (PGM)
503-690-0652 | 503-206-5900

Debbie Brooks
Creative Garden Spaces
503-519-5737

Adriana Berry
Plant Passion Design, LLC
503-643-5223

Alyse Lansing
Joy Creek Nursery
503-543-7129

2013 Artists

Each artist will be using one garden as their temporary gallery, showcasing how art and the landscape mutually enhance one another. Artists will be on hand to answer questions.

Ryan Beard
Victoria Shaw
Jennifer Ellsworth
Ben Dye
Gina Nash
Ivan Mclean
Jeannette Mullane
Chris Schwartz