AFTER: In addition to creating outdoor living spaces, Drzewiecki filled in the landscape with new plantings. “They were admittedly not gardeners,” he says of the clients, but they wanted a garden that would change through the seasons. This backyard receives a fair amount of shade, so he focused on plants that would thrive in it.
Drzewiecki started with a muted color palette, using natives or cultivated varieties when possible. Ornamental grasses and late-blooming perennials extend garden interest into fall, and evergreens maintain its structure through winter. “We love the different blooms and colors that come out at different times of the year,” says Kruger-Gruendyk.
“We needed low-maintenance landscaping, and that is exactly what we got,” she adds. “We have to keep up with trimming, weeding and lawn care but not much else.” They installed timer-automated drip lines to water the yard, per the suggestion of Ginkgo Leaf Studio.
Plants shown: The Rocket ragwort (Ligularia stenocephala ‘The Rocket’, zones 4 to 8), Elegans hosta (Hosta sieboldiana ‘Elegans’, zones 4 to 8), Twist-n-Shout hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Twist-n-Shout’, zones 4 to 9), Summer Beauty allium, purple candles astilbe, northern sea oats
“After the long winters that keep us indoors for most of the year here in Wisconsin, we were excited about using our outdoor living space for entertaining, family time or just relaxing in open air during the warmer months,” says Kruger-Gruendyke.