Design Projects

Landscape renovations offer exciting opportunities to create beautiful, useable space out of previously overgrown, unappealing areas. Through a thoughtful mix of evergreen and deciduous plantings, a year round oasis can be created. In each landscape design, special attention is directed at maximizing each property’s attributes ie: views, existing plant material, home’s architectural features, etc.


view of lawn with landscaped border and view of forest in background
Well thought out plantings (that will never grow too tall) frame and enhance this view of the golf course.

background corner with lawn, flower and shrub border with tree
Shrubs and perennials planted in this mature landscape add the layers that give the garden interest.


Featured design projects showcase the variety of designs Shannon Grina, Certified Professional Horticulturist and owner of Grina Landscape Design has created. Each addressed the client’s own goals and became yards the homeowner can enjoy for years to come. Often times it is through the landscape’s biggest challenges that uncommon opportunities arise.


Vibrant Transformation

front walk landscape along sidewalk with larger plants in background and planted pot near porch
This client loved color. The beautiful containers planted with the same color palate as the new plant material makes the front entrance even more appealing.

backyard terraced planting and view of back fence
This original block wall loses its prominence when supported by striking plant material.

close up of retaining wall planting with taller shrubs and light pole
Even rhododendrons and arborvitaes become interesting with bright perennials at their base.

view across lawn towards front porch with plantings and two planted pots

close up of plant leaf


Garden Update

tree with surrounding rock and shrubs with landscape light
Bright summer splendor highlights these beautiful established maples.

small tree near street by driveway with surrounding plantings
Shrubs and grasses provide the “bones” of the garden that easily accommodate seasonal annuals.


Stunning Access

view of home from street across lawn and planting with stone light stand
Once blocked by a brick and iron fence as well as huge arborvitaes, this spectacular home is now visible and inviting.

light stand wtihe house number attached and surrounding plantings

front lawn with garage wall in background with plantings
The large brick wall at the front entrance to this home provided a unique opportunity to add interest with the dark trellis that accommodates espaliered fruit trees. With the help of semi evergreen blueberry shrubs, they transform this front yard into an edible landscape area.

view from home towards retaining all and steps with lamp
Many of the home’s original plants were relocated and then enhanced by complimentary plantings in the garden bed created by the new stone stairway.


Backyard Retreat

view from house of steps landscaped down to backyard
This vibrant planting bed brightens the space and adds a fun element to the patio grilling area.

pavers surrounding water fountain made of natural rock, lawn in background
A client selected water feature is the focal point of this backyard view.

planting border around ball court with small trees near fence
The new plantings make the sports court (previously considered an eyesore) fit nicely into the rest of the landscape.

close up view of plantings along walk way with rock and small tree

Garden Pathway

Natural stone steps selected to match the existing concrete make a path addition seamless.
Natural stone steps match the concrete to make the transition down the hill more seamless.

New plantings take their cue from the existing color scheme.
Plantings took their cue from the color of the existing hydrangeas and look as though they have always been there.

The new pathway originates from the existing stairway landing.
This existing landing created the perfect location for a pathway through the garden to the raised beds.

close up view of blue Hydrangea

New Focus

The removal of massive hedge plantings that had required constant care allowed the yard to now be bathed in sunlight.
Renovation of this yard removed huge hedges that required constant care. The yard is now bathed in sunlight and color and requires only minimal maintenance.

A new lattice arbor backdrop and bubbling water feature now is the yard’s primary focus.
Although the home behind is now exposed, the new lattice and water feature become the view’s primary focus.


Low Maintenance Entry

A wide, new pathway to the front door was created providing easier access and a more attractive front bed.
In design, function is foremost. Previously the only way to the front door was down the driveway and up the uninviting, narrow steps.

An existing rock wall provided the structure for new driveway plantings.
Established rock wall plantings served as the inspiration for the new plantings above.

Easy-care plantings and the new crushed gravel path direct visitors to the front door.
Easy-care plantings and the new pathway now directs visitors to the front door. The homeowner’s paver stones add interest to the crushed gravel path.

close up of flowers with lawn behind