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Landscaping – The Outside of Our House


In December of 2003,
having grown out of our condo on Halstead St.,
we bought a house in the suburb of Naperville.


Our condo, in the northeastern corner of a six flat, had a secluded rooftop deck with a view of the Chicago skyline and had spoiled us with respect to outdoor spaces – we needed something with a degree of privacy and a nice view…we did NOT want to be looking at someone else’s back yard! So, when we found a place that backed onto a retention pond, we pounced.

The pond behind the house:







The house in the spring after we bought it.
As you can see, it was a very ordinary house on the outside.





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The way the house looks now (2008)

THE FRONT:


We had a relatively mild winter with few thaw freeze cycles and in April we were inundated with rain. So, at the beginning of May, the garden was popping! The creeping jenny ground cover I’d tested as a possible replacement for mulch – which is notorious in many ways (it infected our maples with a root fungus) – was taking off and its light green color set off everything growing around it. KC asked me to add more and I did.

July 2008:













Some panoramic views:













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Before:







THE BACK:


If spring in the front was glorious, in the back it was absolutely breathtaking!


The pictures below were taken on MAY 8th!


The Brunnera Macrophylla were already in bloom and their blue flowers popped against the golden edges of the Aurora Marginata hosta. Two weeks later, the lilac and Jacob’s Ladder opened up, and the smoke bush was a gorgeous dark, dark red.







Late in June, the lilies bloomed, followed closely by the hosta. The smoke bush, however, is suffering













My favorite bed:
An Othello ligularia ringed by Mrs. Moon pulmonaria and flanked by hostas (Paul’s Glory and Aurora Marginata) and ferns on a carpet of golden lamium. Grasses, St. John’s Wort, and chocolate petticoat hucheura add color and texture, and a hollyhock provides height. I wish all the beds were this well designed.













Before.





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Some of the spectacular sunsets we’ve seen:








The lake at dawn reminds me of Brigadoon:






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