This landscape project was prompted when clients chose to reconstructed a 70s landmark home originally designed by renowned Denver architect, James Sudler. It was important that the gardens complemented the architecture. The colors of the home were taken into consideration when researching and selecting the stone used for the walkways and retaining walls. The view from the interior of the home was as important as the plan for the outside.
The design for the entrance to this property included removing a ragged Russian Olive but keeping an established Bartlett Pear to anchor the entry. To highlight this area, Variegated Japanese Maples were added for their red bark to harmonize with the accent color of the homes front and white shrub roses with Carole Macke Daphne shrubs were included for their fragrant white blooms. To create privacy along the property edge, two large specimen Chanticleer Pears were planted with the bonus of white blooming blossoms in the springtime and vibrant red Fall foliage.
Taking a page from Japanese formal gardens, the Entry Courtyard creates an unexpected interest with its broadleaf evergreen boxwood accenting the architectural curve of the stucco wall, soft bamboo, Tanyosho Pine, Dwarf Weeping Japanese Maple and a ground cover of lemon thyme. The simple stone water feature enhances the area with a calming sound and adds to the visual interest.
As the front doors are opened, the view draws you through the home to the private patio setting. A focal point is the reclaimed fountain with a newly built wood arch designed by Lynn Gregory and built by Treefrog Woodworking. With space for entertaining and relaxing, this garden includes hand built flagstone patio spaces, Colorado buff flagstone retaining walls and pathways. The designs for the various plantings began with the clients wish for a palette of white, with accents of purple. Boxwood lined perennial beds containing white blooming plants such as phlox, coneflower, lilies, and delphinium. Edging the fountain is pale lavender, variegated Iris with foliage that adds texture and color after the blooms have faded. A living fence was planted creating an evergreen privacy wall with the tall slender Norway Fastigiate Spruce. Adding to the scenery, Chelsea Gardens also planted Dwarf Lollipop Crabs, a Bartlett Pear to match an existing one and shade garden, planted under an original large pine, which incorporated ferns, hydrangea, hosta and Lenten rose.
As a final compliment to this residence, attention was given to soften the fence lined property and set the feel of a woodland corridor with Espalier Manhattan Euonymus, White Magnolia, Drummond Maple and Fastigiate Blue Spruce adding interest to an often forgotten space. A variety of white and purple perennials add a touch of seasonal color.