A watercolor rendering shows the intersection of Cross Ave and Markham Road with street trees and a series of traditional style two story homes.

Healthy Homes, Inside and Out

Lush Markham Hill landscapes designed for people and planet

The first homes on Markham Hill – four single family homes on Cross Avenue – are now nearing completion. The homes and landscapes were designed by Fayetteville’s Flintlock LAB, an architecture and landscape architecture firm led by Allison Quinlan.

“Guided by Specialized’s Landscape Pledge, we chose a palette of plants that not only compliment each home’s color scheme and architecture, but species with ecological value, too,” said Quinlan. “Spicebush and Coneflower and other native plants provide visual interest while also providing habitat for pollinators and other wildlife.”

In each of these homes and gardens, the details make the difference. Here are just a few ways that the Specialized Landscape Pledge is reflected in these home landscapes.

“When natural materials must be removed from development sites, we seek ways to responsibly reuse them.”

Cedars that were cleared from the site have been stored, and will be used to create paths and fencing.

A garden path made of cross-sections of salvaged cedar rounds

“Trees are large and live a long time, so our choice of trees will make a big impact for generations.”

Only trees native to the Ozarks will be planted, including flowering dogwood, red buckeye, red oak, river birch, and American Holly. These trees provide shade, seasonal color, flowers, and food for wildlife.

Four Season Crimson Accents a red oak, red sphere seed capsules of dwarf buttonbush, red leaves of blackhaw viburnum

“With a preference for Ozark native plants, we will select drought-tolerant plants that minimize the need for irrigation after establishment.”

Native shrubs including buttonbush, elderberry, and sweetspire plus some tough ornamentals add beauty throughout the seasons and once established will require little watering.

Shrubs are pictured and labeled: Oakleaf Hydrangea, Sweetspire, Hummingbird Clethra, Black Lace Elderberry

With just a few additions like bird feeders and water sources, these home gardens will give each homeowner a head start to pursue certification as an Arkansas Audubon Society Bird-Friendly Yard.

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