Fells Point Backyard Renovation

This client contacted us to do a design and installation to make her backyard appear more spacious, have a place for her children to play and have space to put a table and chairs to sit outside. She wanted pollinator natives and a water feature. We were able to fit all of her elements into this small space. Scroll below to see the permeable patio, water feature, new garden wall and native and edible plantings.

The crew installed a permeable flagstone patio, Rumblestone retaining wall, and native garden complete with a small water feature in a Fells Point rowhome.¬† The original “yard” was concrete and invasive plants, which the crew removed entirely and replaced with irregular flagstone with microclover joints to make it permeable.

Fells poitn backyard Design

We had to jackhammer the cement and haul it out through a very narrow alley that barely fit a wheelbarrow! We’re used to these small, hard to access places in the City! We removed the old wooden landscape ties as well.


We planted 4 different native vines (trumpet vine, 2 colors of honeysuckle and wisteria) along the wall to grow on the wall and support humming birds and offer fragrance and ambiance.

Capstones were added to the wall to finish it off. Microclover was seeded in the joints between the stones. The garden has blueberries, raspberries, serviceberries and fig. The pollinator plants include iris, butterfly weed, milkweed, turtlehead and clethera. See below for a full list of plantings in this design.

The garden was planted with:

Butterflyweed – Asclepias tuberosa
Cardinal flower – Lobelia cardinalis
Blue flag iris – Iris versicolor
Goldenrod – Solidago rugosa
‘Raydon’s Favorite’ Aster – Aster oblongifolia
Swamp Milkweed – Asclepias incarnata
‘Tiny Tortuga’ Turtlehead – Chelone obliqua
‘Brandywine’ Foam flower – Tiarella cordifolia
Coral bells – Heuchera americana
‘Espresso’ Geranium – Geranium maculatum
Christmas fern – Polystichum achrostichoides
‘Black Jack’ dwarf fig – Ficus carica
‘Ruby Spice’ Sweetpepper bush – Clethra alnifolia
‘Autumn Brilliance’ Serviceberry – Amelanchier canadensis
‘Jellybean’ Blueberry – Vaccinium
‘Peach sorbet’ Blueberry – Vaccinium
‘Indian Summer’ Trumpetvine – Campsis radicans
American wisteria  РWisteria frutescens
‘John Clayton’ Honeysuckle – Lonicera ‘John Clayton’
‘Major Wheeler’ Honeysuckle – Lonicera ‘Major Wheeler’

We did a full redo of a backyard in Fells Point last week. Here is a video of the water feature Craig built.

Posted by Lauren's Garden Service & Native Plant Nursery on Wednesday, June 5, 2019

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