Before the designer could create this charming country cottage landscape in the heart of posh Wayzata, she had to win the trust of a client who had been disappointed by three previous contractors. Her own bold plan called for removing a row of failing cedars and creating an enchanting garden in the now sunny front yard. The plan would bring sense to the home’s complex elevation that had resulted from joining the main house and carriage house.
The goal was to make it easier to find the front entrance and to reclaim the space for a private garden that would feature improved paving, classic architectural elements, dog security and more manageable maintenance. By the time construction was underway the client was so confident she would simply refer questions to the designer.
Reclaim the front yard for a peaceful English cottage landscape that would soften and embrace the combined structures with their busy elevation angles.
Design-landscaping to emphasize and brighten the pathway to main entry.
Keep the dogs contained and safe.
Improve paving to carriage house and backyard.
Gated arbor and shrub-lined clay paver walk direct visitors to the main entry while setting public/private boundaries.
New, lighted path from front entry to carriage house is easier to walk and maintain than the former stepping stones.
New gates and enhanced fencing keep dogs in yard.
Flower beds and window boxes are fitted with automatic irrigation.
Hardy-plants in amended soil meet owner’s “something I won’t kill” requirement.
Despite the region’s declining bee population, the Allium beds teem with reportedly well-behaved pollinators.
Flowing planting beds work with white fencing and formal paths to create a colorful country garden. Roses are planned.
Classic gated arbor extends cottage charm into the landscape. Existing picket fence was reoriented, painted and enhanced with ball caps.
Creative clay paver walk with bluestone diamonds evokes stepping stones client liked from UK Instagram scene.
Designer chose gentle angles rather than continuous curves for the paver paths in a nod to home’s own complex architecture.
Low, natural stone water fountain is serene, not flashy, as client desired.
Innovation & Problem Solving
Bold decision to remove legacy cedars was a game changer. It took convincing but made everything else possible.
Painting and straightening the picket fence to align with house brought instant order to the landscape.
While bluestone diamonds in clay paver field was stepping-stone inspired, it is safer underfoot and snow blower approved.
Carpenters custom built the gated arbor according to plan.
Well-crafted walks with demanding patternsand angles.
The busy radiologist now calls the curbside swath '“my private oasis,” away from the backyard where her sons practice lacrosse for hours and the dog walker visits daily with up to 15 charges in tow. In fact, she says a psychologist friend often joins her in the garden because they both find it so peaceful. “The landscaping is simply gorgeous, tranquil.” To see more views of this space click here.
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