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SHADE TO SUN – A GARDEN TRANSFORMATION

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The garden along Minnehaha Creek in Minneapolis began it’s transformation on a spring day in 2012 when the silver maple was taken down, one of the largest in the neighborhood.  The shade garden saw it’s first rays of sun by the afternoon.  The plants in the original garden were moved or given away to create a blank slate for a new sunny perennial garden.  New plantings were selected to provide four-season interest by layering with texture, form and color.  Evergreens and shrubs provide the backdrop for Iberis, Heuchera, Iris, Coreopsis, Sedum, Salvia, and Miscanthus that weave together to form a tapestry of color.  The result is a lush full garden.

In 2014 the client asked us to rejuvenate their backyard landscape that had become over grown with spreading ground covers mixed in with lawn that jumped the granite cobblestone border.  New limestone border created a defined space and aggressive ground covers were removed to make way for new perennials.  Garden is now full of easily maintained plants giving a once overgrown garden a new beginning.