Yard (And House) Beautiful

We’ve completed the final phase of the outside renovation of the B&B – landscaping.

Last autumn ended with a newly elegant house on a bare patch of ground, soon hidden by the grace of winter. No one expects much landscaping in a Minnesota January.

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This spring, we first finished the last details on the house, including completing the lattice under the porch and reinstalling the original porch light fixture.

Then we started creating an outdoor setting that would complement our gracious B&B. As the backyard remained untouched through the renovation process, our efforts focused mostly on the front yard, with some attention paid to the side yards, as well.

The first step was cleaning up and grading the front yard. This included a lovely new layer of top soil to welcome the soon-to-be-arriving sod.

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We also put in a stepped retaining wall, with room for a planting bed, thus eliminating the hill down to the sidewalk.

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We used Chilton Wall Stone both for its shape and its natural varied coloration. It definitely adds pizzazz, don’t you think?

We also put stone borders around the porch, leaving room for a gravel bed (3/4 gray trap),

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lined the new herringbone walk, which now matches the width of our grand porch steps,

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and created two interesting, if small, planting beds designed to visually ease the transition between the differing widths of the walk and the cement stairs down to the sidewalk, and play with the fact that those stairs are off-center to the walk. They are, however, aligned with the walk to the street, which in itself is visually off-kilter due to the extra concrete pad designed to make alighting from vehicles less messy due to snow and mud. The visual geometry’s a little complex.

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Here we are with the stone in, the sod laid, and the boulevard seeded.

Next, the plants!

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We planted tuberous begonias alternating with hostas in the retaining wall bed and just hostas around the tree,

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astible in the little beds next to the stairs,

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and hydrangeas in the side yard.

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Beautiful grounds

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for a beautiful house.

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  1. Beautiful! I enjoyed my stay there. I will definitely have to come back soon!


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