Project: Garden Restoration

BEFORE AFTER

BEFORE ...

Ambrose Landscapes

... AFTER!

April, 2005 -- A beautiful old house with large, established maple trees in a historic section of Asheville had just been remodeled and painted. As often happens, the yard had been used as a parking lot for many months to accommodate the work trucks. 

The owner wanted the yard to be private yet inviting, so we used colorful azaleas in the front that will top out at 4 feet. Two Japanese maples will eventually grow into an arch 10 feet tall over the walkway. We planted the gardens in fragrant roses and honeysuckle, colorful hostas, kiwi vines, butterfly bushes, tropical ginger, pagoda dogwoods, heuchera, jessamine, and -- as you can see below -- many colors of azaleas. Later, we added a native rivercane screen for privacy. The only native bamboo, rivercane stops growing at about 16 feet -- making her backyard feel private, but also preserving her long-range mountain views.


Front corner before
Front yard

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Same corner, viewed from the front walkway.
Front corner after
Before stone path installed
Front yard

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showing stone path we installed.
Stone path

Front-yard tree, before
Front yard

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Same tree, viewed from opposite side.

Front-yard tree, after


Backyard area before
Back yard area

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We added a graveled turnaround borderd by a garden of tropical ginger and carolina jessamine, and tilled a small square plot for a vegetable garden. At the rear, you can see stone borders for new planting beds for roses, butterfly bushes, and hardy kiwi vines. We helped restore the health of the tree by covering exposed roots with mulch and encircling it with stone.


The gravel drive to the left ties in to the overflow parking area we created to accommodate, on this narrow old street, the owner's busy social schedule and the community events she hosts. After -- a beauty shot!