After purchasing this second home to use as a city retreat from their suburban home, this couple wanted a self sustaining landscape. Also as a setting for entertaining clients and guests, the garden elements needed to be inviting and functional.
The view of this home needed to be colorful and lush with the necessity of simple care. Existing hardscape was replaced with a more appealing red flagstone. For ease of maintenance the sod was removed and replaced by a tapestry of groundcovers. Specimen trees including Tri Color Beech, Tanyosho Pine, Weeping Cherry and Bosnian Pine were planted. Adding color, a row of red shrub roses, a perennial bed, a seasonally changing window box and a variety of hardy grasses makes this unique to the neighborhood.
The pathway to the patio garden is lined with Crimson Cloud Hawthorne, Dwarf Spruce and a variety of perennials. This walk creates a lovely transition that provides privacy and a hint of what is to come.
Entering the patio it is significant to note the different areas for entertaining. The further use of red, hand cut flagstone throughout adds continuity to the landscape. A large wood pergola defines the eating and barbeque spaces. This area is further enhanced by a low voltage chandelier and irrigated hanging baskets. A cozy seating area by the outdoor fireplace is surrounded by boxwoods and a row of bamboo softens the fence line. A corner perennial bed was created for the owner’s enjoyment of cut flowers and hosts a bronze tortoise sculpture.
Wrapping the side of the home is a site that is often viewed more from the inside. Large specimen Japanese Maples with their soft red foliage set a tone of tranquility. Copper planters provided by the owners are filled with colorful annuals.
Throughout this project are custom built gates, window boxes, fence and the pergola by Chad Beall of Treefrog Woodworking.