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Inspiration for a contemporary landscaping in Boston.

Belmont Hill ResidenceContemporary Landscape, Boston

The master plan for this south-facing woodland property celebrates dramatic topography, muscular canopy trees, remnant fieldstone walls, and native stone outcroppings. Sound vegetation management principles guide each phase of installation, and the true character of the woodland is revealed. Stone walls form terraces that traverse native topography, and a meticulously crafted stone staircase provides casual passage to a gently sloping lawn knoll carved from the existing hillside. Lush perennial borders and native plant stands create edges and thresholds, and a crisp palette of traditional and contemporary materials merge––building upon the surrounding topography and site geology.

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rachel101fan wrote:Aug 22, 2012
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    Cynthia Taylor-Luce
    Where do you live?
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    Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC
    Hi there--I'm sorry we missed your question earlier! The plants in bloom in this photo are Allium 'Globemaster', Nepeta f. 'Walker's Low', and Salvia 'May Night'. Depending on where you live, each of these plants is fairly durable and reliable. Good luck!
bjedison wrote:Apr 17, 2013
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    Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC
    The green plants here are Inkerry, Catmint, Russian Sage, Lady's Mantle, Salvia, Fountain Grass, etc. Each of these plants are quite deer resistant, well, at least as much as one can hope for! ;) Good luck!
gkennon38 wrote:Oct 16, 2012
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    Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC
    These are Allium 'Globemaster'. It's is by far one of my favorites. Unfortunately it dies off after a few years, and if you want to keep a healthy crop, you should stagger the plantings ever couple of years. They are fairly easy to propagate from divisions. Definitely worth trying because they can be expensive... Also, these are deer-resistant! I often use them around peonies because they bloom at the same time, and the deer will often avoid things that have an onion/garlic scent... Good luck!
izzybet189 wrote:Aug 12, 2012

What Houzz contributors are saying:

laurendunec
Lauren Dunec Design added this to 3 Color Palettes to Help Set Your Garden’s MoodMar 23, 2017

Concentrating on blues and purples in a pastel palette creates a calmer and more tranquil feel than pastel schemes that include yellows and pinks. In the same garden, catmint (Nepeta sp.) blends with dark purple ‘May Night’ sage, lavender-pink ‘Globemaster’ allium and lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis) for a calming walkway planting.

digyourgarden
Dig Your Garden Landscape Design added this to 7 Stunning Plant Combinations for Low-Water GardensJun 24, 2016

Cool combo in shades of purple and blue. Repeating plants of similar colors, as in this grouping in a Massachusetts garden, offers a bit of calmness even if there is a variety of strong and opposite shapes. The grouping is repeated on the other side of the pathway and throughout the garden, visually connecting the garden spaces and mimicking plant habits in nature. ‘Globemaster’ ornamental onion (Allium ‘Globemaster’, zones 5 to 8), with its striking sphere-shaped flower head and small purple florets, rises above with its stalks that can grow 3 to 4 feet tall. See how to grow ornamental onion‘Walker’s Low’ catmint (Nepeta x faassenii ‘Walker’s Low’, zones 3 to 8) boasts lavender-blue aromatic flowers, offering a soft feathery contrast. It grows to about 30 inches tall and 24 inches wide. See how to grow catmint‘Mainacht’ sage (Salvia x sylvestris ‘Mainacht’, zones 4 to 9) has numerous dense, upright flower spikes with deep violet-blue flowers; it grows 18 to 24 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide.

paintboxgarden
Paintbox Garden added this to Northeast Gardener's May ChecklistMar 26, 2013

Plan for early color. If you have a lot of summer bloomers, like daylilies, roses and hydrangeas, think about adding plants that peak early. For a soft spring combination, try growing the wonderful ‘May Night’ salvia (Salvia x sylvestris ‘May Night’, zones 4 to 8) with ornamental onion (Allium ‘Globemaster’) and softly textured, fragrant Walker’s Low catmint (Nepeta x faasenii ‘Walker’s Low’, zones 3 to 8). Shear the salvia to the ground after it flowers, and it will rebloom.

lolalina
Laura Gaskill added this to Do You Have a Signature Color? Here's How to Find and Use ItJan 23, 2013

Look around. If you need further inspiration, keep a small color notebook or (even better) take snapshots of anything that catches your eye. You never know where you might spy a color that calls your name: flowers in the garden, a film poster, a shop display or your own wardrobe.

karenchapman
Le jardinet added this to Monochromatic Garden Magic Done 7 WaysJan 12, 2013

For a more romantic look, combine cottage garden favorites, such as fragrant catmint (Nepeta sp) with perennial sage (Salvia sp). Their mounding forms are punctuated here by spheres of lilac alliums, held aloft on sturdy stems.This is a great drought-tolerant summer trio for full sun.

luannbrandsen
LuAnn Brandsen added this to Garden Color: How to Landscape With PurpleSep 26, 2012

For a broader palette, choose an analogous color scheme that combines neighboring hues on the color wheel, as in this front garden with its soothing blend of blue, violet and purple. The plant selections include dwarf catmint Nepeta mussinii, alliums and purple salvia.

amyrenea
Amy Renea added this to Keep Your Garden on Point With Spikes of PurpleJul 27, 2012

Mix any of the purple-spiked plants with purple globes of allium for a fun contrast of shape and height.

mariannel
Marianne Lipanovich added this to Lay of the Landscape: Theme GardensJul 16, 2012

Purples and blues create a restful retreat, especially welcome at the end of a hectic workweek. If you want a bit more color, pink is a logical choice, but orange will make a stronger statement.Design tip: Whether your taste runs to cool hues or hot, including a single plant with a flower color from the opposite side of the color wheel will add punch and a focal point to the space.

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lesa61
lesa61 added this to Landscape5 hours ago

Concentrating on blues and purples in a pastel palette creates a calmer and more tranquil feel than pastel schemes that include yellows and pinks. In the same garden, catmint (Nepeta sp.) blends with dark purple ‘May Night’ sage, lavender-pink ‘Globemaster’ allium and lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis) for a calming walkway planting.

jrtraglia
jrtraglia added this to Landscape9 hours ago

Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC Concentrating on blues and purples in a pastel palette creates a calmer and more tranquil feel than pastel schemes that include yellows and pinks. In the same garden, catmint (Nepeta sp.) blends with dark purple ‘May Night’ sage, lavender-pink ‘Globemaster’ allium and lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis) for a calming walkway planting.

margielynnj
M J added this to outside10 hours ago

In this woodland garden outside of Boston, landscape designer Matthew Cunningham banked the beds with pastel blooms mixed with plants that have silver to medium green foliage. Here we see white peonies, dark purple ‘May Night’ sage (Salvia ‘May Night’), lavender-pink ‘Globemaster’ alliums (Allium ‘Globemaster’), silver-leaved Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia), lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina) and evergreen inkberry (Ilex glabra). Contemporary Landscape by Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC Concentrating on blues and purples in a pastel palette creates a calmer and more tranquil feel than pastel schemes that include yellows and pinks. In the same garden, catmint (Nepeta sp.) blends with dark purple ‘May Night’ sage, lavender-pink ‘Globemaster’ allium and lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis) for a calming walkway planting.

dyhaigler
dyhaigler added this to Landscaping11 hours ago

Concentrating on blues and purples in a pastel palette creates a calmer and more tranquil feel than pastel schemes that include yellows and pinks. In the same garden, catmint (Nepeta sp.) blends with dark purple ‘May Night’ sage, lavender-pink ‘Globemaster’ allium and lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis) for a calming walkway planting.

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