Not all landscape projects require starting from scratch. In this special episode, Jenn helps a few homeowners decide which plants can stay, which should go, and which ones just need a little TLC.
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Not all landscape projects require starting from scratch. Many times, working with plants already there can make a huge impact. In this special episode, Jenn Nawada uses an historic landscape design from a protégé of Frederick Law Olmsted to transform a yard. She updates a landscape by moving around, dividing, and pruning current plants in the yard. Finally, she designs a secret garden.
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Jenn used only plants that already existed in this homeowner’s yard, but they can also be found at nurseries. The tools Jenn used, including the tarp and shovels, can be found at home centers.
Expert assistance for this project was provided by Kelstrom Landscape, Inc. [http://www.kelstrom.com/] of West Roxbury, MA and Nawada Landscape Design [http://nawadalandscapedesign.com/].
How to Create a Secret Garden
In Jenn’s opinion, a “secret garden” landscape design requires elements that allow a person to experience and participate in the garden. Elements like walkways, entrance/exit points, and destinations within the garden are all key elements to a good secret garden design.
Like with many of Jenn’s landscape designs, she relied heavily on elements of the garden that were already in place, though most of the things she reused can also be found at garden centers and nurseries.
Throughout the garden, Jenn used a variety of plants, including sedum, Cherokee brave dogwood, sempervivum, stonecrop, hen & chicks, lavender, provence, Hakone grass, blue jean baby Russian sage, and witch hazel. In Destination 2, Jenn planted some thornless dwarf blackberry bushes and some Indian summer raspberry bushes. In Destination 3 by the pond, Jenn planted a Tamukeyama Threadleaf Japanese Maple. All of these plants can be found at nurseries.
Expert assistance with this segment was provided by Yard Works, Inc. [http://yardworksri.com/] and Nawada Landscape Design [http://www.nawadalandscapedesign.com/].
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