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This couple transformed bare land into a shady oasis by planting trees, shrubs, then perennials.
  • Country living

    Kevin Gallagher commutes an hour to work each day so that he can enjoy his country home in St. Charles, Illinois. He and his wife Kathy grew up on farms and were committed to living in the country.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 10, 2012
  • Patio paradise

    Some of the first trees that Kevin planted were these locusts that surround this shaded, outdoor patio.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 10, 2012
  • Trial and error

    Kevin enjoys mixing plants, placing shrubs and perennials together. If his experiments fail in an area of his yard, he just moves to another.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 10, 2012
  • Shady retreat

    Locusts surround this deck, providing the shade and windbreak Kevin wanted. Now the deck is a great place to have a meal, read the paper or enjoy the weather.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 10, 2012
  • Perfect conditions

    Spiderwort is planted throughout Kevin's yard. The native plant flourishes in the Midwest because of its conditions.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 10, 2012
  • Winged company

    A tiny house encourages butterflies to fly around the trellis. Kathy says she enjoys the company of insects and birds in her otherwise quiet yard.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 10, 2012
  • Shed of roses

    The Gallaghers placed the entrance to this shed away from their house so that they could enjoy the William Baffin roses that grow along its back.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 10, 2012
  • Bloodgrass

    One of Kathy and Kevin's favorite plants is the Japanese bloodgrass, which they keep throughout their yard.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 10, 2012
  • The great protectors

    Goatsbeard, astible, hosta, boxwood and yews thrive under the protection and shade of this locust tree. The Gallaghers chose to plant locusts because of the shade they provide.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 10, 2012
  • Wanted: more land

    At his previous, suburban home, Kevin cultivated every inch of the small amount of land he had. Now, he can grow vegetables and experiment with landscape design.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 10, 2012
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