Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC
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Front Ridge Residence traditional-landscape
 

Front Ridge Residence

A rural hillside residence in Downeast Maine serves as a model for regenerating fragmented native plant communities and restoring damaged site systems. Sensible land management practices guide the homeowner’s efforts to rehabilitate expansive areas of mown lawn. Spaces carved from the landscape overlook stunning panoramic regional views, while new plantings define edges and thresholds. Brilliant seasonal drama is heightened along mown paths meandering through a rich tapestry of managed native meadow.
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isamenton wrote:
plants - Hi, I love this mix of plants. I believe I recognize some lamb's ears, salvia (Caradona ?) but I am not sure about the others. Would you mind telling me what they are? Kind regards,
   Comment   August 6, 2012
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Amy Benoit
The purple plants, what are they?
April 14, 2013 at 9:59AM     
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wbheit
If you're talking about the spiky plants, I believe that is the Salvia "May Night" noted above. If you are talking about the pinkish purple flowers, they look like chives to me! (just thought I'd help)
April 14, 2013 at 10:28PM     
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kcharna wrote:
What are some of the name of flowers and plants, grasses too that are deer resistant for a New England slope - I have a large cliff from back deck to wood area. lots of deer. Sun and shade mix. What grasses, flowers, and shrubs would you suggest to give it the look of this picture?
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Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC
Sorry for the delayed response! The plants we used here are: Salvia 'May Night'. The lamb's ear has been very aggressive and I would recommend using it sparingly... The Alliums are common chives, and we also used Sedum 'Autumn Joy', Iris 'Caesar's Brother', Alchemilla mollis, and Perovskia atriplicifolia. This garden is built on a very exposed hillside in Downeast Maine, and everything is very tough. Good luck!
December 29, 2012 at 7:42AM     
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mutzy
I love the colors....can you tell me are the yellow/green flowers in the background are they sedum autumn joy ..if not what are they? the spikey silver leaves in front of the yellow/green flower...what are they called?

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May 18, 2013 at 8:06PM   
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More meticulously planned perennial gardens and shrub borders were placed closer to the house. While the gardens are designed, the mix of textures, color and species gives them a soft, informal look. Cunningham has been gardening in Maine since he was nine years old, so choosing plants for this project came naturally. The plant color palette is predominantly purple, green, silver and pink during spring and summer, and transforms into yellows, oranges, rust and cranberry red in the fall. "The garden still looks great when the first frost hits," he says.
Marianne Lipanovich added this to Lay of the Landscape: Natural Garden Style
If you have room to spare, take a cue from this beautiful example and blend your garden with the surrounding landscape. In this Maine garden, the goal was to renew the native plant community and remove much of the expanse of lawn. The lawn is still there, but it's not the main focus. Instead, it blends into the space, and the perennials and shrubs, along with the natural grasses, take center stage.
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Pastoral Property in MaineIn rural Maine, a retired couple wanted to eliminate the need to mow their existing 2 acres of grass. The new design includes meadows, an orchard and colorful perennial gardens close to the house.
Purple plants may be considered a standard in warmer regions, but they are also at home in colder climates. This Maine garden is filled with a mix of perennials, but it's the purple salvia that stands out.
I suppose you could say all gardens are, in the end, to look at and enjoy. But I do feel that some surpass that and are designed for the sheer visual pleasure they provide.From the roots of the herbaceous borders of the beginning of the last century, the mixed borders we now enjoy planted with shrubs and perennials create a feast for the eye, without perhaps providing any further practical use other than ground cover.
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3. Use a strong color to unify a large garden space. Silvery lambs' ears echo the color of the home's facade and serve as a foundation for the garden in this example.Vibrant purple is the dominant signature color that's used to carry the eye across a large, complex planting. Purple is a cool hue that harmonizes well with silver-gray. Choose a flower or foliage color that can be interpreted through different plants based on bloom time and growing conditions, like microclimates or hydrozones.

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The salvia we used here is actually Salvia 'May Night'. The lamb's ear has been very aggressive and I would recommend using it sparingly... The Alliums are common chives, and we also used Sedum 'Autumn Joy', Iris 'Caesar's Brother', Alchemilla mollis, and Perovskia atriplicifolia. This garden is built on a very exposed hillside in Downeast Maine, and everything is very tough. Good luck!
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Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC Sorry for the delayed response! The salvia we used here is actually Salvia 'May Night'. The lamb's ear has been very aggressive and I would recommend using it sparingly... The Alliums are common chives, and we also used Sedum 'Autumn Joy', Iris 'Caesar's Brother', Alchemilla mollis, and Perovskia atriplicifolia. This garden is built on a very exposed hillside in Downeast Maine, and everything is very tough. Good luck!
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Sorry for the delayed response! The plants we used here are: Salvia 'May Night'. The lamb's ear has been very aggressive and I would recommend using it sparingly... The Alliums are common chives, and we also used Sedum 'Autumn Joy', Iris 'Caesar's Brother', Alchemilla mollis, and Perovskia atriplicifolia. This garden is built on a very exposed hillside in Downeast Maine, and everything is very tough. Good luck!
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