Deborah Cerbone Associates, Inc.
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A Classic Country White Garden traditional landscape
 

A Classic Country White Garden

All planting design by Deborah Cerbone Associates, Inc.
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The Outdoor Room, LLC wrote:
Can you elaborate on the wet-laid installation of travertine? - I am embarking on a project in eastern pa and would like to use a 1" stock of travertine in a wet laid application. Several concerns have been made in regards to the porous nature of the material in our freeze/thaw climate. You have mentioned that the pavement shown is heated. Can you please tell me if this is a requirement in the northeast, if you have used a thin-set application or standard mortar setting bed and whether or not you have sealed the stone work. Thank you!
   Comment   January 30, 2014
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Deborah Cerbone Associates, Inc.
Sorry for the delayed response. I have always been reluctant to use travertine in our area because of the freeze/thaw issue and the obvious pockets and crevices for water to collect and expand. I have not used travertine in our area without being heated so I don't have any first hand advice to give you. A recent older application I saw was in desparate need of power washing because every crevice was filled with dirt wich really cheapened the look of the stone. However, the stone looked like it hadn't weathered well and might fall actually fall apart with a good power washing. I'm sure there are different qualities of travertine from different quarries, but the dirt accumulation is just another issue to consider. Wish I had better advice for you and good luck! Deb Cerbone
February 6, 2014 at 9:37am   
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Deb :

Thank you for your response, I have since been researching and had forgotten about a product by Scluter called Ditra that has good recommendations for exterior installations of tile and stone to be used as an underlayment. I am presently waiting for the field rep to get back to me with his input for our project. I am hopeful that we will have enough information to make an informed decision. I agree that travertine does weather better in an open setting away from leaf litter! Our project is for an outdoor living space that is covered by a new porch roof and with limited overhanging tree limbs! Thanks again for your input! Laura Greloch
February 6, 2014 at 1:23pm   
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Sabrina DeJohn wrote:
are those lamb's ear plants in the landscape?
   Comment   January 5, 2014
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Deborah Cerbone Associates, Inc.
Yes. The silver plants are Lamb's Ears, Stachys byzantina 'Helene von Stein' which is a non flowering variety. Other species of Lamb's Ears have long stems of light lavendar flowers that could be considered unruly (I always cut the flower stalks off to tidy things up) so this variety stays neat and compact without the flower stalks. These are perennials so they will come up each year and stay silver the entire growing season. The other white flowering plants are an annual vinca which get switched out with white tulips in the spring and white pansies in the fall.
January 6, 2014 at 9:57am      Thanked by Sabrina DeJohn
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Kathy Heinemann wrote:
What are dimensions of the urn?
   Comment   October 3, 2013
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Deborah Cerbone Associates, Inc.
Hi Kathy. These were urns the client had so we did not purchase them to know the exact dimensions, but I would say they were approximately 28 " high with approx an 18" opening in the pot.
October 3, 2013 at 9:36am   
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dawn233 wrote:
what are the small green hedge type plants? Do they do well in changing seasons like in Saskatchewan, Canada?
   Comment   April 6, 2013
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Deborah Cerbone Associates, Inc.
These small hedges are Dwarf English Boxwood, Buxus sempervirens suffruticosa and are hardy to zone 5. We are zone 6 where this garden is in central NJ. My guess is that part of Canada is probably a cold hardiness zone of 3-4.and I don't believe there are any boxwood varieties that would survive a winter there even with protection. Wish I had better news for you :( Deborah
April 6, 2013 at 5:48pm        Thanked by dawn233
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Cotoneasters are a good substitute on the prairies. i have used them with success.
July 22, 2013 at 6:04am      Thanked by dawn233
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marchesy wrote:
How do you landscape a hilly and stony backyard?
   Comment   February 6, 2013
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katiehalliday
Deborah...Do you want to come to Australia and landscape my 2 acre yard???? I live in a farm house painted white with a wrap around veranda....Would love you help!!! :) pretty please
May 26, 2013 at 4:29am   
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I must have this garden!!! What are the small white flowers around the boxwood in the clay urn? Is it white torenia?
March 21, 2014 at 3:12pm   
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kmccarrick wrote:
Hello- would you mind sharing the name of the patio stone using for the flooring on this project? - Thanks you!
   Comment   December 5, 2012
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Deborah Cerbone Associates, Inc.
The patio is a travertine. It is wet laid over a concrete slab that is heated for snow removal.
January 9, 2013 at 2:03pm   
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eralouise wrote:
Front house portoco for modern French front - i have a lovely house but I want to have glass insert doors and that will require me to have a portico of some sort over the front of them. I need some good ideas and would like to upload my house for suggestions from someone here.
   Comment   May 8, 2012
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Once we see the exterior of your home, we'll be able to make better suggestions.

But I did find some porticos on French style exteriors. This one is a stone (and possibly stucco) front, where the door is recessed all around: French Manor House Style Entry It looks to be about 6 inches on the sides and about a foot in the center top.

This copper roof sloped shed portico with corbles gives a bit more protection and of course you could have one designed that projects even more: Eclectic Exterior

This is a pergola fronted portic that could be designed to include a roof. The two columns are appropriated for the French design: Austin Patterson Disston Architects
May 8, 2012 at 2:26pm   
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This is an open pergola
July 11, 2013 at 4:38pm   
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deb116 wrote:
What are the names of the filler plants in your arrangement? - Are those Lamb's ears? If so, how how do you keep them under control? What are the little white flowers? thanks!
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I was wondering the same thing, what are the white flowers in the planters? Also how long are they in bloom, and do they become just green after the bloom time?
April 5, 2012 at 6:47am   
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The silver plants are a non-flowering lambs ears Stachys 'Big Ears'. The white flowered bedding plants are a white annual vinca. The tiny white flower in pthe planters is an annual Bocopa which stays flowering all summer .
April 7, 2012 at 8:50pm     
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itwillcostyou wrote:
What variety of boxwood was used?
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Dwarf English Boxwood- Buxus sempervirons suffruticosa
April 7, 2012 at 9:10pm     
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juleejuju wrote:
Exterior color? - This home is absolutely beautiful! Do you happen to know the exterior paint color?
   Comment   November 22, 2013

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