Mountain Lodge, Planting traditional-landscape
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Mountain Lodge, Planting Traditional Landscape, Burlington

Situated on a 100 acre site, this landscape for a private residence draws it's inspiration from the classic mountain lodges of the northeast. Rich sweeping drifts of native perennials, grasses and shrubs create a relaxed, elegant composition that ground the home and define a variety of spaces for family gathering, entertaining and quiet reflection. Large caliper trees were planted to compliment the surrounding mature trees, providing a sense of permanence and timelessness. An existing pond was augmented and expanded for swimming with a 'diving rock' hand selected and perched at one end. The south-facing terrace is defined by large slabs of stone and a grand outdoor fireplace that gives way to views of the neighboring ski trails.

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ngadmer wrote:
Can you comment on the combination of grasses used in the flower beds.
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Thank you kindly for your response. Your work is superb! spent the larger part of the evening appreciating what you've posted on your website-- lovely!
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dianedapello wrote:
What kind of flowers are these? - Love the color of these flowers? Do you know what type of environment they live in?
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Wagner Hodgson
Yes, they are Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus' Purple Coneflower. It's good in zones 3-8
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viewfair wrote:
variety of tufted hairgrass - Just curious if the tufted hairgrass used here is the standard deschampsia cespitosa, or if it is a different cultivar. We are pretty close to choosing this grass for a mass planting in our front yard. Some online photos look better than others, an I really like yours!
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Wagner Hodgson

I think that we used Tufted Hair Grass (standard) and Prairie Dropseed on this project.


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Amy Renea added this to Mix or Mass Daisies for Two Great Garden Looks
ConeflowerAnother classic flower of the Asteraceae family is the coneflower. The traditional Echinacea features a cone-shape center and genteel purple flowers. Massed along a stone border, they make a beautiful statement in summer.Botanical name: Echinacea Common names: ConeflowerUSDA zones: 3-9Water requirement: Water to establish, then drought tolerantSun requirement: Full sun Mature size: 2 to 4 feet tall, 1 to 2 feet wide
Benjamin Vogt / Monarch Gardens added this to 13 Risks to Take for True Garden Rewards
6. Don’t evenly space your plants. If you’re into lining up plants like a cadet review at a military academy, then go for it — it’s your landscape. But I suggest going bold and emulating nature by staggering your plants, placing two close together and then a third one twice the distance away. The first time I did this, I thought I had discovered the gateway to a fourth dimension — it was very eye-opening.
Brian Barth added this to 10 Deer-Resistant Native Flowers to Plant This Fall
9. Purple Coneflower(Echinacea purpurea)Native from Florida and northeast Texas north to Virginia in the east and Iowa in the westConeflower is a classic border plant that’s native to the central and eastern U.S. Pale purple or pink flowers attract herds of butterflies, and the roots are the source of echinacea extract, a popular herbal supplement that is thought to boost immunity.Purple coneflower grows well in almost every region of the country.Where it will grow: Hardy to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit, or minus 40 degrees Celsius (zones 3 to 10)Light requirement: Full sunWater requirement: LowMature size: 2 to 3 feet tall
Marianne Lipanovich added this to For Prairie-Style Charm, Plant a Beautiful Coneflower
Purple coneflower in a mountain gardenPlanting notes. Choose a spot in full sun that receives at least 5 to 6 hours a day. Dig the planting hole as deep as the rootball and twice as wide. Amend with compost if the soil is too acidic or alkaline. Coneflowers can handle most soil types, but prefer a neutral pH of around 7. See how you can determine your soil type.Place the top of the root ball level with the soil, add soil around the plant, firm it into place, then water thoroughly. Add compost and mulch around the plant to retain moisture and keep weeds down. Plant about 1 foot to 3 feet apart and allow plenty of room for air circulation
Marianne Lipanovich added this to You May Never Have to Buy These Plants Again
5. Coneflower(Echinacea spp.)Like many of the other native prairie plants they like to mingle with, coneflowers are happy to spread on their own. But if a plant is outgrowing its space or you’d just like to add more to a specific garden location, dividing is the way to go. It’s also a good choice when the center of the planting is beginning to look bedraggled or has died off. Usually, coneflowers need to be divided every three to four years. Start by digging up the entire plant, including the entire root system. Remove the soil from the roots, either by hand or with a light spray of water, and cut off any unhealthy roots. Gently pull apart the plant to form new divisions, taking care to keep the root system in each division intact. Err a bit on the cautious side and don’t divide too heavily — sections that are about 2 to 4 inches in diameter are ideal. Replant as soon as possible, either in your landscape or in pots, then provide water and keep the new planting area moist until the plants settle in. Where it will grow: Hardy to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit, or minus 40 degrees Celsius (zones 3 to 9)Light requirement: Full sunWater requirement: Regular; can handle some drought when establishedMature size: 1½ to 3 feet tall or taller and 1 to 3 feet wideLearn more about growing coneflowers
Curtis Adams added this to 6 Questions That Will Help You Pick the Best Plants for Your Site
This open landscape in Vermont gets full sun and is well-suited for many flowering perennials.5. What’s the sun exposure? Plants thrive when they are sited in a spot that receives the sunlight they prefer. While it’s possible to change some of your site conditions to meet the needs of a new plant, it is generally easier and more sustainable to find plants that are adapted to existing conditions. At the nursery, you will likely see one of the following terms on each plant’s label, indicating how much sun exposure it prefers.“Full sun” plants want six or more hours of direct sunlight. “Partial sun” means two to five hours of sun exposure, either continuously or scattered over the course of the day. “Partial sun” and “partial shade” are pretty similar, with partial shade implying a little less sun.“Shade” means two hours or less of direct sun exposure. There are several degrees of shade. High shade, filtered shade or open shade refer to situations where there is little direct exposure to the sun but there is a fair amount of indirect or reflected light. This may exist under a high canopy of trees or on the north side of a building. Dense or heavy shade is found under a low or thick canopy of evergreens, or under trees or shrubs with very large leaves. Not surprisingly, there are many fewer species that will do well in dense shade than in open shade.

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"Don't evenly space your plants ... place two close together and then a third one twice the distance away."

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