ZENITH AVENUE

The project program was to completely rethink and stitch back together a traditional American-style residential landscape that consisted predominantly of large, visually dull shrubs that hugged the house. The idea was thus to pull the landscape away from the house and introduce a simple, but modern plant palate of tall and short grasses, flowering shrubs, and a few flowering perennials. The overall form of the landscape was developed to incorporate the existing trees on the site and to create a sense of movement and flow from one end of the site to the other. A terraced patio along the east side of the house - technically the "back" yard - picks up the curves begun along the west side of the house.

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Site plan of proposed landscape for Zenith Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Landscape in Minneapolis Minnesota containing Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' / Karl Foerster feather reed grass, hemerocallis / daylilies, and Perovskia atriplicifolia / Russian sage.
Landscape in Minneapolis Minnesota containing three kinds of grasses, Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' / Karl Foerster feather reed grass, Sorghastrum nutans / Indian grass, and Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Overdam' / Overdam variegated feather reed grass. More of rustic but modern landscape in Minneapolis, Minnesota, containing a mix of prairie plants and cultivars.

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