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Oak Park Updates

So I was very happy to learn that the residential clients for the project on Elmwood Avenue in historic Oak Park, IL wanted to move forward before things got really cold (and the ground unworkable). These past few weeks have been controlled insanity as a major renovation/addition project is ongoing at the house, so what’s a little major foundation planting? Why not, right?

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A few photos the clients kindly took for me on this very rainy & cold windy day:
Almost too wet to work, still the ground was not clumpy or sticky so on we go with the install.

Looking down the driveway towards all the construction materials. The long side of the house will remain undeveloped until the spring, this will allow freer access for all the large construction vehicles and also ease the repaving job. Plants would scald pretty easily being so close to burning hot, newly-laid asphalt. As well, painting the house will be much less time-consuming without having to work around foundation plants.

The beds are laid out and hedging spacing adjusted. The Degroot’s Spire Arborvitae are just gorgeous, and the encircling boxwoods healthy and full.

Tidied up, edged with new sod, and hardwood mulch laid. There are several shrubs & one tree, a Chinese Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum), which will be planted in early spring.

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Fall Color in The Landscape

Overnight the fall coloration seems to have intensified remarkably:

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Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ from seed

Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ from seed, closeup

Acer buergerianum, Trident Maple

Acer buergerianum, Trident Maple closeup

Fothergilla gardenii x major ‘Mount Airy’, to the left is Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’, behind is Cotinus coggygria ‘Golden Spirit’

Viburnum carlesii, Korean Spicebush

Japanese Maple, unknown cultivar

Japanese Maple, unknown cultivar closeup

Parthenocissus quinquefolia, Virginia Creeper growing in Buddleia x weyeriana ‘Honeycomb’

How is your fall shaping up? Let us know!