Neglected Backyard Transformed Into Garden Oasis

Envisioning a new pool with clean lines, a generous size patio and landscaping styled after an English garden, homeowners in Allendale turned to Joe Tuttle, of Borst Landscape and Design, to set about transforming a sadly neglected backyard into a garden oasis.

Before the work could begin, an existing pool, patio and driveway had to be removed to make way for the new landscape improvements.

The new pool was to be kid friendly with a shallow area, or “Sun Shelf,” for lounging or teaching toddlers how to swim. For safety, the pool, that is a maximum of six feet, can be covered in seconds with a retractable cover concealed at one end of the pool.

A generous patio space between the pool and house affords plenty of space for large gatherings. Smaller spaces at each end of the pool provide a setting for lounge chairs to be arranged for quiet conversation.

The formal English garden look is evident in the trimmed boxwood hedges, lined gravel paths and ‘Chanticleer’ ornamental pear trees centered in each of the four garden segments. At each end of the pool is a formal boxwood hedge backed by ‘Knockout’ roses offering color from June through October. In the distance, masking a realigned driveway, are groups of ‘Limelight’ hydrangea along with ‘Wine and Roses’ weigela. Finally, a mass of ornamental grass at each end of the pool adds a touch of romance to the garden.

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