Drawing Board: Landscaping + Outdoor Living

Gracious Garden

Drawing Board Landscaping While renovating their home, a McLean couple tapped McHale Landscape Design to transform their lackluster yard into an inviting outdoor environment where they could entertain family and friends. The elaborate master plan included a complete overhaul of the front entry.

Then Now
A steep slope from right to left caused drainage problems and an uneven appearance. A cut-and-fill project leveled the front yard while a new drainage system manages stormwater.
Mundane azaleas blocked the front entry—and served as deer food. A new flagstone arrival circle complements the home’s entry portico and welcomes guests in style.
The spare, nondescript plant palette did not provide a succession of color or textural variation. Masses of annuals and perennials, along with blooming crape myrtle, create year-round color and interest.
A barren lawn was a “wasteland” in front of the house. Flagstone pavers set into the turf forge an informal connection to the street.


Landscape Design: Phil Kelly, McHale Landscape Design, Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Photography: John Spaulding.