This large city house had been fully renovated leaving a denuded front garden which gave it a somewhat institutional look. The substantial steps up to the front door and the tall facade were slightly overwhelming and needed anchoring and softening with generous planting. Dale & Heybrook Garden Design carefully selected a pair of large magnolia trees (imported from the continent) to flank the steps and match the scale of the facade. Other new, semi-mature trees, including multi-stemmed crab apples and evergreen holly, provide screening and leafiness.
The small areas of grass were a nuisance to mow and were replaced with exuberant planting for year-round interest which is appreciated throughout the seasons as the garden is constantly viewed and walked through. The crab apples hold their decorative fruit well into January and then blossom a few months later.