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What a great landscape

By Penny Stine

My gardening buddy, Jan, downsized last spring and moved into a small house in town on a fairly large lot. Over the last two growing seasons, she has transformed her yard into a very cool space. 

This is it from the front. A little grass to keep the neighbors happy. Trees, shrubs and flowers to make it interesting and reduce mowing.












Rather than have a path of well-worn grass or an old, skinny, cracked and heaving sidewalk, Jan put in this great flagstone entryway. 

In the back yard, Jan created several different spaces that serve different functions. Everyone wants a private retreat where they can drink coffee, read the paper or chat with friends. Jan's house had no trees for shade and very little privacy, because the lot is narrow and deep. 

So she created this flagstone area, had her hubby build a shade pergola over the top, and built a privacy screen so she's not visiting with the neighbors every time she steps outside. The neighbors are lovely, but sometimes you just want to drink your coffee in your jammies. 

Same pergola, just took the pic from a different direction. 

As you can see by the photo above, Jan has two cute little mini Aussies. They need a place to play and romp. She gave it to them. 






To get from one room to another inside the house, most builders add a hallway. A great landscape design can include a hallway, too. 

This hallway leads from the sitting area near the house to the garden area next to the alley. The dog area extends to the left of the hallway. 











And on the right, they built a fire pit.



Last, but not least, she has a garden area, complete with a short fence to keep the dogs out and raised beds to grow just about anything under the sun. 

Jan and her husband (with the occasional assistance of their two 20-something sons) did all the work themselves, which reduced the cost significantly. She also designed the irrigation system so that every room has its own irrigation zone and can be watered separately from everything else. Jan completed her master gardener certification this year. Although she's never designed a yard for anyone else, I'd hire her in a heartbeat if I had a tired old yard and didn't want to tackle it myself. 

For those who fall into that last category, Jan's phone # is 210-6445.


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I am stealing all of those ideas for my own landscaping project, which hasn’t progressed beyond, “Let’s just quit watering the lawn and let it die.”

Lovely yard, I’ve always wanted to do something to our space but can’t convince the one that will have to do most the work!

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