Perennials for old fashioned gardens

  Perennials for old fashioned gardens In Northfield, we do a lot of landscaping around older homes. I remember when I was younger, my Mom and Dad would take me to Grandma’s house. I’ll never forget how much I enjoyed looking at all the all the flowers in her garden. (A sign of things to come?). Grandma [...] . . . → Read More: Perennials for old fashioned gardens

Landscaping a small space

Designing and landscaping small spaces is one of my favorite things to do. I tend be be somewhat of a private person myself, so I enjoy creating intimate, private spaces. There is something therapeutic about being outside, yet having that feeling that you are still “in your room”. Sort of like relaxing in your den [...] . . . → Read More: Landscaping a small space

Replacing an old flagstone wall with retaining wall block

In Minnesota flagstone (or limestone) can be used to make beautiful, naturalistic retaining walls. The only thing is, the wall can break apart if the limestone is not the right kind for building walls. Different quarries have different grades of limestone, and they can vary greatly greatly in quality. This limestone wall was built by [...] . . . → Read More: Replacing an old flagstone wall with retaining wall block

Patios and Ponds: the perfect combination

A while back we did a project  that involved constructing a large clay paver patio and walkway designed by Northfield landscape architect Spencer Jones. This project involved clay pavers, outcropping stones, a “bubbling rock” water feature, seat stones, and a pathway to a stone bench. The owners wanted to expand their deck for an outdoor [...] . . . → Read More: Patios and Ponds: the perfect combination

Award-Winning Perennials Part II

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Award -Winning Perennials, part I

Each year, the Perennial Plant Association picks a perennial plant that it feels has the outstanding qualities to be voted Perennial Plant of the Year.  With the global warming, Northfield is on the border between zones 4 and 5, depending on who’s zone map you are looking at. (I like the one put out by [...] . . . → Read More: Award -Winning Perennials, part I

Ponds and Water Features: A Backyard Paradise

A few years back, I installed a 11′ x 16′ pond with a waterfall in our back yard, next to our paver patio. It’s something that I’ve enjoyed immensely, and has become the focal point of the yard. Any water feature that we have installed for our clients has been become a real favorite spot [...] . . . → Read More: Ponds and Water Features: A Backyard Paradise

Pond and Water Feature Basics

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Peg’s Pond Part II

Last time I wrote an entry (Peg’s Pond) about building a pond for my sister-in-law Peg. A planting season has gone by, and as you can see by the pictures, the place has changed quite a bit! Peg now has some Koi and a few goldfish, and they have taken a real liking to their [...] . . . → Read More: Peg’s Pond Part II

Peg’s Pond

A while back, I got a call from my sister-in-law Peg Johnson, who lives in Portage, Wisconsin. The conversation went something like this: “Say, I was wondering…. I know you build ponds and water features, and, well, I think I’m ready for one myself. How ’bout coming over to Portage and putting one in my [...] . . . → Read More: Peg’s Pond