Suburban Gardens

The Well Tended Garden has designed and maintains a variety of gardens on suburban properties.   Scroll down to view some examples of suburban gardens we care for.

Suburban Garden, Fairfax County, VA:

Hawthorne trees and hellebores flank the front walkway.  Boxwood hedges frame the lawn area; roses, day-lilies, and a lovely bed of hydrangeas provide hot splashes of summer color in this suburban front yard.


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Hillside Garden, Fairfax County, VA: 

This suburban home was originally invisible to the street behind a tangled wooded slope. The steep slope was terraced into two beds: spring color is provided by tulips and daffodils, irises, creeping phlox, heuchera and ornamental cherries. Summer interest is provided by amsonia, heuchera, hardy hibiscus, sedum and ornamental grasses.  Year round interest by gold mop cypress and variegated euonymus.


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Suburban Garden, Alexandria, VA

Three gardens wrap around this Foursquare home located on a very busy roadway in Alexandria.  The front garden is set off from the roadway by barberry, goldmound spirea, nepeta and boxwood; while the stone stairway leading up to the house is flanked by otto luyken, barberry, Knockout roses, nepeta and other perennials.  The lawn is flanked by barberry and yew with highlights provided by goldmound spirea and heuchera.


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Colonial Revival Home, Fairfax County, VA

The homeowner wanted to eliminate all lawn areas and develop the front garden as an English Garden.  Perennial beds are planted around a gravel bed with a central, circular bed comprised of a rose standard, sedum, rudbeckia and coreopsis.

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The beds flanking the gravel court are planted with roses, rudbeckia, monarda, hellebores, perennial and annual salvias, daylilies, irises, amsonia and peonies.  Hundreds of daffodils, tulips and other bulbs provide blooms in spring.


Townhouse, McLean, VA

This townhome is located in a heavily wooded subdivision.  The homeowner wanted a garden characterized by white blooms and evergreens.  The 4 level townhome has several separate garden areas.  The beds around the main facade are planted with Nellie Stevens holly, otto luyken, yew, and Delaware Valley White Azaleas.  A large hedge of Delaware Valley White azaleas wraps around to the side gardens which are planted with additional hollies, schip laurels and Delaware Valley White azaleas.  The staircase leading to the pool deck is flanked by additional otto luyken, Delaware Valley White azaleas, and a specimen bed of sassanqua camellias underplanted with white pansies in Fall and Winter, and white ‘Titan’ vinca in the spring and summer.  The pool deck is surrounded by Nellie Stevens hollies, with a hedge of euonymus and highlights of nandina.

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