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.
|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.