Late summer gardenTraditional Landscape, Boston

Location: Hingham, MA, United States

This family had just moved back to the states from Paris and wanted their landscape to be an evocative blend of France and Nantucket. The front had to be low and open to the view of Hingham Harbor, yet full of color and a touch of beach grasses.

Rounding the corner toward the back yard is a dramatic hedge of Miscanthus gracilimus and PG Hydrangea, with a touch of Calamgrostis to caress your arm as you pass through the gate. The pool area in back is a cool blue slice of paradise, surrounded by borders bursting with bloom.

This is an example of a traditional backyard landscaping in Boston for summer. —  Houzz
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This photo has 22 questions
lanfran wrote:Feb 9, 2013
  • donnwl
    I love this design and plan to use in my lawn
  • aurelien lanfray
    This is great, thank you so much for the advice. I've made some substantial changes in the garden so i can have a place to re-create something similar. Won't be as nice but will remind me of it!
miastensrud wrote:Apr 19, 2014
  • sunder_strouse
    Oh my gosh! Your Sedum Autumn Joy's are so big!! I hope mine look like that soon! Is that Dianthus at the border? Do they do well in more shade?
  • edwardmchen
    Dianthus likes full sun. Flower better
slamsie wrote:May 3, 2013
kirsten16 wrote:May 24, 2013
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  • J LV

    Amy, I don't have a question. I just appreciate you answering everyones questions with so much finesse. There are so many contractors, landscapers etc that never answer a question. I agree some get ridiculous with questions, nice to see a professional at work

dofe wrote:Jan 27, 2013
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    Amy Martin Landscape Design
    That is Agastache, not sure which variety.
  • dofe
    Thanks! I'll look it up to see which zones it grows in.
dofe wrote:Jan 27, 2013
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    Amy Martin Landscape Design
    That's Dianthus Mountain Mist, which blooms pink in the spring and forms a nice mound of blue green foliage. It likes relatively dry conditions, too much irrigation can rot them. I would be careful using it at the edge of turf like this unless you don't have an irrigation system or you test to make sure it doesn't hit the Dianthus.
  • dofe
    Thanks for the tips about irrigation!
Meanwhile, back at the Rake-A-Lot Ranch wrote:Mar 23, 2018
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    Amy Martin Landscape Design

    It's the tardiva hydrangea, not oak leaf, and it gets about 8' tall. The whole plant bed is probably 20' long and 8-10' deep.

mena313 wrote:Jul 3, 2016
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    Amy Martin Landscape Design

    The ones under the birdhouse are Sedum Autumn Joy and the ones to the far right are Anemone September Charm


abratton99 wrote:Jun 12, 2016
lynn1718 wrote:Sep 3, 2015
  • atka05
    I think Italy is a pee gee hydrangea... Possibly pinky winky.
nerdenheimer wrote:May 19, 2014
  • Beth
    The small pink flowers are Japanese anemone. They are beautiful late summer and fall bloomers. They also spread like crazy.
510lake wrote:Aug 28, 2013
mariairelandhortelano wrote:Jan 28, 2013
mrsrjv wrote:Jun 6, 2015

    What Houzz contributors are saying:

    alisonhodgson
    Alison Hodgson added this to 10 Tips to Start a Garden — Can-Do Ideas for BeginnersMay 27, 2013

    I was eager to begin gardening but felt overwhelmed by how much needed to be done; every yard seemed to be screaming for attention. My husband, Paul, and I were the parents of a baby, as well as new homeowners, and our budget was small. Paul had no interest in gardening and was committed to the most minimal of maintenance: mowing. I was dreaming of creating something Garden of Eden–ish, or its 21st-century approximation; never mind that I knew next to nothing about gardening. I had a huge vision but no plan. I tackled my yards with energy and passion, learning as I went, but I took the long way round and ultimately created more work than was practical for me to maintain at that stage of life, if ever at all. If this is your first season of yard care and gardening, here's the advice I wish I'd been given when I was in your shoes.

    dkprinzing
    Debra Prinzing added this to Ornament Your Garden the Artful WayDec 21, 2012

    Take your aesthetic cues from both architecture and landscape, selecting objects that speak to your garden's style. In this old-fashioned cottage garden, the birdhouse with white cladding feels just right. A stark, modern landscape would require something entirely different — perhaps a minimalistic bird feeder on a stainless steel post.Devise an artistic hierarchy to guide your choices. How much attention should each piece command? Choose an appropriate setting for each inanimate object. You want to delight the viewers who catch a glimpse of the artful pieces. But you do not want to distract them from appreciating the overall beauty of the garden.

    What Houzzers are commenting on:

    mseaton1
    mseaton1 added this to WOODLAND GARDEN & MISCJul 28, 2019

    What are the blue-green mounds of plants along the front edge of the border? PRO Amy Martin Landscape Design That's Dianthus Mountain Mist, which blooms pink in the spring and forms a nice mound of blue green foliage. It likes relatively dry conditions, too much irrigation can rot them. I would be careful using it at the edge of turf like this unless you don't have an irrigation system or you test to make sure it doesn't hit the Dianthus.

    demandy
    demandy added this to LandscapeJul 26, 2019

    Nice transition from lawn to deep green woods

    alanfray
    aurelien lanfray added this to Garden designJul 20, 2019

    Great balance btwn volumes, colours, textures and tones.

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