Le Petit Chalet Rustic 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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Ellen Sousa/Turkey Hill Brook Farm added this to
Distinguishing traits. Highbush blueberry has a clumping habit, and mature shrubs develop a tight spreading crown. Lowbush blueberry forms colonies from spreading rhizomes. Both have semi-evergreen foliage in milder climates.How to use it. Grow highbush blueberry in an open, sunny area where you can admire its fall foliage and the bird activity that it’s guaranteed to attract. Lowbush blueberry can be used for a spreading ground cover under pine trees or on a rocky slope, in a spot where it receives at least a half-day of sun.Shown: A sloping garden path on Maine’s Mount Desert Island incorporates highbush blueberry (on left) and lowbush blueberry (on right), along with ferns and other woodland natives.
Annie Thornton added this to
What questions do I ask at the garden center or nursery? Ask if the plants have been treated with any systemic pesticides, like neonics, which linger in the plant and can kill any insect feeding on the leaf, nectar or pollen. If the retailer can’t answer that question, walk away. I also like to ask where the plants were grown and where they are from — these often bring two different answers. Many nurseries grow their own plants locally but do so with liners or plugs (seedlings or 1-year-old plants) grown in another state or even many states away. The reason I like to ask where the plants are from, meaning where their seed source or genetic origin lies, is because a black-eyed Susan from Georgia blooms at a different time from a black-eyed Susan from Michigan. If we’re trying to match bloom time to pollinator emergence, then source is an important issue. Ideally we’d also like garden plants that can increase the genetic health of wild plants beyond the garden fence, and mixing plants from locations far apart might harm wild plants and wild ecosystems — this is also why plants grown from open-pollinated seed are so important versus plants grown from cuttings or clones (if all the black-eyed Susans in a city are clones of one another, meaning essentially the same plant, a disease could wipe them all out at once.)Ask for more native plants — the more we create demand, the more nurseries will sell these important plants while increasing the selection.
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1. Woodland steps. Steps made of thick slabs of salvaged granite look right at home in this hillside blanketed in lush eastern hayscented ferns (Dennstaedtia punctilobula, USDA zones 3 to 8; find your zone). This property on Maine’s Mount Desert Island borders Arcadia National Park, and the designer used a combination of native ferns, shrubs and ground covers to act as a seamless transition to the surrounding forest. To add stability to the stairs, each slab of weathered granite was dry-laid on a compacted crushed-stone base.
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A thickly planted garden leaves little room for weeds to establish.Not enough plants. When you walk in a forest, woodland or natural lakeside environment, do you see different layers with lots of vegetation, or a few of the same plant dotted in the landscape? Likely, it’s the former. Nature desires rich layers and no fertile space left unfilled. Let’s use more plants in our gardens. Ground-layer plants and matrix planting fill in the low gaps so that weed seedlings can’t get a foothold. Midlayer plants like taller grasses and thick flowering perennials shade the soil. Shrubs and trees of various sizes round out the design. Not only will these layers, working together, compete well against weeds, but they also will present a lush, attractive garden all year.
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A sloped woodland garden in Maine features highbush blueberry (on the left) and lowbush blueberry (on the right), along with ferns and other woodland natives.2. What part of the country is it in? This is a broader-brush approach than the climate zones but also easier to identify. It is an especially important question if you want to use native plant species. Northeast, Southeast, Southern Plains, Midwest, Northwest, Southwest and Pacific Coast — each of these areas has its own characteristics of soils and climate that may favor some species over others.
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The majority of the plants you see in this image are: birch, spruce, bayberry, hayscented fern, low bush blueberry, high bush blueberry, sweetfern, sheep laurel, and cushion moss.
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Ferns and other perennials that spread by underground rhizomes (roots) help stabilize slopes to prevent erosion.