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.
What Houzz contributors are saying:
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.
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:
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.