Kouri Creates Home Yard Design

Welcome to Plant Exchange Blog. Today we’re treated to see a yard design that is years in the making.

Greg and Jill Kouri of Yankton have created a yard to enhance their historic registry Craftsman style home. The yard was one of six featured in a 2017 lawn and garden tour sponsored by Missouri Valley Master Gardeners.

One of the big projects that took years to complete is their rock-faced pillars around the perimeter of the yard. Greg practiced his masonry skills on the stones and stacked ‘Eden Stone,’ similar to limestone near this front entrance and a low wall in front foundation beds.


While they don’t call themselves gardeners, they use lots of colorful annuals and perennial vines to highlight areas of the yard. Window boxes decorate the two-story house.


Lots of planning resulted in the redwood fence, stone pillars and rusted steel trellis that display clematis in a way compatible to the Craftsman style. Kouris have a collection of clematis vines on trellises along their fence that bloom much of the summer.


This built-in bed along their alley with colorful plantings shows their efforts on both sides of thier boundary fences.


Their yard is used for their family’s many interests. An out- of- the- way spot to relax in the evening is an example.


Kouris’ side yard walk and entrance to the back yard is an inviting pathway. See the story about their projects that first appeared in the Yankton Press & Dakotan newspaper at this link:


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