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Going Native Gardens specializes in landscape design emphasizing
native New England plants
Arlington Heights Residence

Before: Front right of house has insufficient front path, exposed garbage plans and the need for a flower bed.

After: Front path was widened; a fence wing added to screen the garbage cans; a silver maple tree was removed allowing more light to reach the newly created flower bed.


Before: With no parking pad or garage, the home sorely needed that convenience. The mixed volunteer hedge at left was removed.

After: The parking pad, built of manufactured pavers will accommodate the homeowners' two cars. A stepping stone path at right leads past the hemlock tree to the small peastone patio in center ground.


Before: A narrow plot, invasive Norway maples, unrestrained bamboo and construction damage made this an unappealing view.

After: the renovation featured judicious tree removal, raising the grade, a paved loading area in front of the bulkhead, and groundcover beds beyond. The lawn was installed at the homeowners' request, who accept the fact that the shade may require frequent re-seeding.


Before: Problems here included a volunteer elm tree shading out the dogwood, a need for screening from the neighbors' house and garage and construction rubble.

After: A trellis fence solved the screening problem whilst admitting maximum light and air necessary in a heavily shaded north facing area. A fringe tree, mountain laurel and native honeysuckle formed the backbone of the planting.

Before: A rubble wall was invaded with volunteer Norway Maples. The stone size and color was uneven.

After: The whole wall was pulled out and rebuilt with better-matching stones. Planting pockets were left throughout for native wildflowers.


Before: The stone planter was built at the same time as the addition to the house, but remained empty.

After: It was filled with shade-loving native plants such as Black Cohosh and Culver's Roots, spring ephemerals and five kinds of ferns. An azalea and some evergreen ferns add winter interest.

          URL: http://goingnativegardens.com  Date: March 2011  V3.1  Author: Concord Avenues