United States of America, Illinois, Cook, Evanston
The Hodges Garden (Evanston, Illinois)
After enlarging the garage the owners of this one-sixth acre property added a roof garden comprised of low growing hardy perennials arranged in a pattern in a soil less mix, increasing their green space. All that remained of the original garden planted in 1978 when the contemporary box style house was built were hedges of yew, serviceberry and pine in the front garden that needed to be pruned. Azaleas and daffodils were planted in the front garden and a seating area for outdoor dining was rejuvenated. Bamboo was planted next to the house along a narrow walkway but has struggled to survive in the area's climate. In the back garden a row of flowering pear trees was planted in front of a surviving yew hedge, and concrete edging and slabs were added. In summer the slabs are softened by the plants growing in the beds between them, including heucheras, ornamental grasses and peonies.
The white house known as the "sugar cube" is complemented by oversize ornaments, including two metal chair sculptures on the terrace and large containers. The containers are replanted four times a year with annuals and tender perennials that are in season. The garage is the backdrop for the garden, and cedar siding adds a decorative element. Proportion and scale as well as hardiness are important considerations in choosing the plant materials for this garden.
Persons and groups associated with the garden include: George and Susan Larson (former owners, 1978-2004); Kettlekamp & Kettlekamp (landscape architects, 2005-); Gary Bregman (landscape maintenance, 2005-); Sheridan Architecture (architect of garage, 2005).
The folder includes worksheets articles and lists of notable plants and shrubs.