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DIY Network's 2011 Blog Cabin at Chesapeake Bay

Pictures from 2011 Blog Cabin

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Blog Cabin 2011 is nestled on almost 17 acres of property, 14 of which are protected wetlands. In the side yard, 12-foot-tall Leyland Cypress trees frame the view of Mobjack Bay, which lies beyond the surrounding salt marsh.

Fourteen-foot-tall Lacebark Elm is planted in the side yard to blend with existing landscape features and to create a natural wall of privacy.

A compact Japanese holly hedge and 20 long-flowering Twist-n-Shout hydrangeas comprise the front yard’s circular garden. A 3-foot-wide cast-stone urn placed in the center is filled with a mixture of annuals and perennials, including Red Fountain Grass, Heliotrope, Russian Sage and trailing Supertunia.

Blog Cabin 2011: Front Yard Pictures

Beds of bubblegum-colored petunias greet visitors at the entrance to brick landscape walls. Compact Japanese holly hedges extend beyond the walls to create an inner planting area, filled with seasonal shrubs and plants, including Natchez Crape Myrtle underplanted with Big Blue Liriope.

Summer-blooming hydrangea, a hedge-style, hardy landscape plant, offers a colorful display through fall. A bonus for the homeowner: Cuttings will last nearly two weeks in floral displays.

Blog Cabin 2011: Front Yard Pictures

Evergreen Southern magnolias and Steeds hollies frame the front steps. Seven Fraser's Photinia shrubs are planted at the foundation of the home, on each side of the porch. In spring, new shoots will provide a spectacular display of bright red-bronze leaves.

The Southern plantation-style landscape design incorporates both evergreen and deciduous plantings that lend permanence to the newly remodeled home site and tie the property to its bayside setting.

Brick entry walls divide public from private spaces.

Blog Cabin 2011: Front Yard Pictures

A Cobble Systems paver pathway, flanked by drought-tolerant Supertunia Vista Bubblegum petunias, leads to a circular front staircase and porch.

Blog Cabin 2011: Front Yard Pictures

DIY's Blog Cabin at Chesapeake Bay. I love this landscape! The home’s original gravel drive leads from Bellevue Road to the front entrance of Blog Cabin 2011. A circular garden, bordered by compact holly, radiates out to an oyster shell and crushed-stone gravel drive.