After twelve years of dreaming, the new backyard is becoming a reality. A landscape architect friend came up with a plan after I gave him all the pieces (four seasons of interest, tree, water feature etc.) and yesterday we took the first step–demolition!
Here are the before shots:
An overview, taken from the second-story. Just about everything you see here is going. The purple cone flower, a false lupine (hiding behind one of the railings) and the purple moor grass (in the big pot) are the only plants that will make it into the new yard.
Looking toward the garage, the finest feature about this deck was the massive railing. God forbid if you should fall off the one-foot drop to the ground below. Mostly it served to block what little of the yard had anything of interest to look at.
Here's the escape hatch for the basement window well. Good luck actually trying to get out of there.
The window well and the air conditioner provide two corner challenges for the landscape design. The hope is that the new, very much abbreviated deck (more of a stoop) and some shrubs will conceal the A/C unit. And don't you love the ridiculous gate? That's history too.
Invasive morning glory vine and various bird seed sprouts made this a never-ending patch of hell. Near the end, when we knew we were going to redo the yard, I just let it go crazy.
The view from the garage:
These are keepers. The purple coneflower does really well back here. In fact, they've all but taken over the black-eyed susan that used to share this space.
Another shot of the kudzu: