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The large pie-shaped lot at the end of a cul-de-sac might present a daunting landscape challenge to some people, but not for Dale and Marianne Seuferling. When the couple decided to build their home 20 years ago, they had already created, and left behind a well-tended garden at their previous home.
When they moved into this home in 1996, one of their first tasks was planting a variety of trees, which now include a weeping willow, ginkgo, sunset maple, pin oak, swamp oak, river birch and several evergreen trees.
Taking advantage of the sloping front yard, the Seuferlings hired Lawrence Landscape to build a rock wall that extends the garden into the front yard, while defining and enclosing a front courtyard to accent the home’s entrance.
The Seuferling’s stylish garden is graced with many beautiful plants, including varieties of hosta, columbine, hydrangea and sedum. In the front courtyard, a viburnum is a strong vertical element in the corner with holly and boxwood anchoring the foundation planting. A dogwood tree takes center stage in front of the window and a mix of flowering perennials including hosta, iris, coralbells, and columbine are accented with an iron feature.A borderof variegated liriope lines the sidewalk leading to the front door.
The transition from the front to the backyard is smooth with a thick Vinca ground cover, Spirea , Live Forevers and Lithrum in the narrow strip separating the two driveways. Shade-loving hosta, columbine, hellebore and bleeding heart thrive in the foundation bed along the north side of the garage, sheltered by the shade of a nearby Bradford pear tree.
The centerpiece attraction of this garden is a waterfall and pond, which were added in 2014. The adjacent patio comprised of “Crystal Ridge flagstone” is the perfect place for outdoor entertaining. The rocks bordering the water garden include rose quartz, moss rock, and a distinctive meteor boulder that was found in Wyoming. Crepe myrtles and dwarf burning bushes grow on the berm behind the waterfall. Other perennials growing on the berm include coneflowers, daylilies, ajuga, varieties of sedum and ornamental grasses. The edging around the back of the pond is native Kansas limestone. Double Rose Lotus, three varieties of water lilies, bull rush, pickerel rush, Yellow Flag and Louisiana iris are some of the plants that thrive in the water garden.
The wide backyard provides ample room for garden beds, which have been enlarged, and occasionally reduced in size as trees grow and as needs and desires change. The island bed near the water garden is planted with a yellow Knock Out roses, variegated willow shrubs, peonies, boxwood, arborvitae, Baptisia “False Indigo” and purple iris “Black Gamecock”.
Along the backyard a cedar fence has 3 limestone posts and 2 limestone pillars that frame a custom iron fence section that the Seuferlings helped design, was crafted by Lawrence metalsmith Walt Hull. This section provides the backdrop for a raised bed filled with daylilies, four varieties of sedum, coral bells, perennial geraniums, giant allium, bee balm, cleome, iris and mums that bloom in the fall. The bed is flanked by two dwarf Alberta Spruce trees. Additional foundation beds next to the house provide space for more perennials and a vegetable garden, where Dale likes to grow tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and other vegetables.
The large blue spruce on the south side of the house, which was originally obtained as a seedling from the Arbor Day Foundation, has grown 20 feet in the past 20 years.