This colonial home was cut into an east facing slope, with it’s rear garden protected from the elevated topography to the west. This pleasant place surrounded by hillside was left unrealized with its woodland edge wild and untamed, linear shrubbery foundation plantings and views out of prominent windows with nothing to gaze upon but the ubiquitous suburban lawn. The declining edge of the woodland above was unable to heal given the cut caused by a neighborhood sized storm water basin that had exposed surrounding trees to severe winds causing several of them to fail.
So that’s where we were; boring, degraded and uninspired. To consider what a landscape can become was critical in achieving this successful garden. To achieve the desires of the Owners to share and explore their landscape is what makes plantings into a garden.
To that effect the edge of the remaining woodland was planted with flowering understory trees to add layers of color to the spring landscape. The birds that frequent them bring color and movement to the garden all year long. Plantings were sculpted into the hillside with grand blocks of cool and warm season grasses and vigorous perennials creating a sinuous edge to the upper perimeter of the garden. The lower slopes adjacent to the residence were planted with fine textured Carex divulsa, compact Monarda braduriana and drifts of emergent perennials and the sub shrub Perovskia ‘Little Spires’. Architectural Thalictrum roechbruneanum ‘Lavender Mist’ emerge through the radiant Molinia ‘Cordoba’. The lower and upper plantings leave a sinuous pathway of lawn between the plantings to entice exploration of the evolving textures and colors. The changes in light and the movement of herbaceous plants and their continual seasonal evolution make this a beautiful garden to explore and beloved by the staff of our design group.