Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC
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South End Courtyard contemporary-landscape

South End Courtyard

Historic Boston rises above a contemporary private courtyard in the city’s South End. Steel-framed, whitewashed fir walls enclose a vibrant, durable garden. Innovative storage solutions make efficient use of limited space. Soothing geometric patterns visually extend the volume of the courtyard, and bright plantings punctuate the landscape. Native moss joints create a soft, porous carpet between antique cobblestones. A salvaged Maine granite pier rises from the earth to form the pedestal of a table—the centerpiece of the garden. Interior and exterior spaces blend to expand urban living.

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May 3, 2013
scotchoiloilo wrote:
Hi! What do you call the plants on the wall? Thanks
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The two types of plants in the planters are called "Heuchera micrantha 'Palace Purple' and Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'
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December 28, 2012
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These walls are constructed from steel, pressure treated lumber, and whitewashed fir. This particular garden is sunken about 3' below the streetscape just on the other side, so it also acts as a guardrail and encloses the space...
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love the chairs where can you purchase them?
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September 22, 2012
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I have to say--this stain was very difficult to come by, and since this garden was built, we cannot find the stain locally. I recently worked with an architect who specified a transparent stain by Sikkens. I think the wood you use has a huge impact on the stain you would use... That said, I would do several mock-ups in the space you are working in. The important thing about stains is that you really should look at the color you use in the space you will be painting in. Natural and urban light can have a major impact on the final appearance. Good luck!!
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July 20, 2012
twodrifters wrote:
Do you know the manufacturer of these chairs? - Are they made of weather resistant material?
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Thank you so much!
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March 30, 2014
gingerc09 wrote:
What is the Plant growing in between the stones on the floor? - And can it grow in shade? Thanks so much for sharing - this design is beautiful!
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Create spaces to tuck the logs underneath the pit itself, in niches beside or underneath an outdoor fireplace, as part of a fence or wall, under a concrete bench or even underneath a sidewalk as you see in the next photo.

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