Le Petit ChaletRustic Landscape, Boston
A durable, meaningful design heals a devastated residential property bordering Acadia National Park and Somes Sound on Maine’s Mount Desert Island. Comprehensive stormwater management strategies shape new landforms, resulting in elegant grading and thoughtful drainage solutions. Native plant colonies stabilize the site, regenerate habitat, and reveal wildlife patterns. Exquisitely crafted new masonry, built from an authentic palette of local reclaimed materials, gives the garden a unified, established feel. Lichen-encrusted stone retaining walls define edges, thresholds, and overlooks, and thick slabs of salvaged granite embedded in the earth provide gathering terraces and pathways. With balance restored, brilliant seasonal drama unfolds.
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2. Make use of a wall. A good way to incorporate seating into your garden if you have terracing is to integrate it into a bank when constructing your retaining walls. You can also build a seat or bench this way as a design feature when creating a raised wall around a patio area. Whatever material you choose for your wall, whether it is stone or wood, leaving an area for a seat will work well as long as you make sure you make it safe. You can also create a floating seat bench, or a cantilevered one, coming out from a wall, which will create the illusion of a bigger outdoor area thanks to the negative space under the bench. You could then plant the negative space with shade-loving perennials and bulbs or ferns to make you feel like you are sitting within the plants. Try using ferns such as Dryopteris Filix-mas, and perennials such as epimediums, Liriope muscari or Alchemilla mollis.Ferns: A Shade Gardener’s Best Friend
In one special spot, Cunningham integrated a 9-foot slab of granite into a dry-laid fieldstone wall overlooking the sound.
Design options. Dry-laid stone retaining walls can complement most landscape designs. Curving lines or structured lines create definitive boundaries from one space to another.The retaining wall pictured above has a stone bench integrated within the structure. If you are limited in space for seating, why not integrate seating into your wall?