Jay Sifford Garden Design
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Selwyn Project

The homeowner asked me to redesign the planting scheme in the front and back yards, paying particularly interest to texture, form and color. We added some stone spheres in the front to give the space a lively contemporary aesthetic and added boulders in the back, cut into the edging, to create rhythm in order to pull the eye from one end to the other. The homeowner, who is a conifer and Japanese maple lover, was open to the idea of creating a conifer/zen retreat on the highest point of the property in the backyard.
Project Year: 2018
Selwyn Project
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A large cast resin sphere is a focal point, sitting on the corner of the bluestone sidewalk, speaking to the stone sphere/boxwood installation at the opposite end of the yard. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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Stone spheres interspersed with round and conical boxwoods add a contemporary touch and draw the eye down the central axis in the front yard. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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Two 'Big Wave' Norway spruces back-to-back create an unusual variation on the typical "foundation plantings". Photo by Jay Sifford.
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Skyland's oriental spruce anchors a chartreuse installation in a shady corner of the backyard. February, 2015, just after installation. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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The existing zigzag brick walls provided a perfect opportunity for doing something more organic on the ground level of this backyard. Four tree-form 'Diabolo' ninebarks anchor each corner of the wall while a serpentine gravel pathway leads the eye to the upper terrace, which is a new conifer zen garden. Photo taken February, 2015, just after installation. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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A stone pillar installed in the wide gravel pathway, surrounded by 'Evergold' carex is an unexpected touch and prepares the garden visitor for the upper level conifer/zen garden experience. Photo taken February, 2015, just after installation. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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The homeowners' bird bath receives a new life in this little vignette along the newly installed gravel pathway. Photo taken February, 2015, just after installation. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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A 'Blue Cascade' blue atlas cedar wraps around a granite pillar to mark the entrance to the upper level conifer/zen garden. 'Toffee Twist' carex contrasts beautifully with the blue foliage of this conifer. Photo taken February, 2015, just after installation. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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Upper level conifer/zen garden. This is the highest point on the property, and arguably the most interesting. It's a study in texture, form and color. Photo taken February, 2015, just after installation. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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'Blue Cascade' blue atlas cedar (cedrus atlantica) wraps around a granite pillar to mark the entrance to the upper level conifer/zen garden. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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A 'Lemon Thread' false cypress and 'Slow Mound' Mugo pine blur the line between gravel seating area and planting bed. The boulder is cut into the metal edging to further soften the transition. Photo taken February, 2015, just after installation. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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The homeowners' stone bird bath is repurposed and has found a new home in the upper level conifer/zen garden. Flanked by three 'Mr. Bowling Ball' arborvitae that are planted into the gravel seating area, it's an unexpected focal point. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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'Toffee Twist' carex contrasts well with the 'Blue Cascade' blue atlas cedar. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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View of the upper level conifer/zen garden from the entrance. Photo taken February 2015 shortly after installation. Photo taken February, 2015, just after installation. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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The lower level natural stone pillar speaks to the honed granite pillar on the upper level, bringing continuity to this three dimensional space. Photo taken February, 2015, just after installation. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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Shortly after installation in February, 2015, the patio speaks to an elegant contemporary vibe. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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Before photo of front yard. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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Before photo of backyard looking toward the space that is now the conifer/zen garden. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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The area that is now the conifer/zen garden. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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The area that is now the conifer/zen garden. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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Before photo of the backyard. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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A panoramic view of the back garden 4 months after installation.Photo by Jay Sifford.
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Seating area in the shade garden.Photo by Jay Sifford.
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A panoramic view of the back garden, 4 months after installation. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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A 'Mariken' dwarf gingko is one of the specimen plants that flank the pathway. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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Backyard view looking back toward the patio. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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A purple cotinus (smokebush) helps create continuity by pulling color through the long axis in the back garden. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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The front hill, featuring mass plantings of autumn ferns, carex and azaleas with a specimen Ryusen weeping Japanese maple. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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A front hill close-up featuring a weeping Canadian hemlock and a mass planting of autumn ferns. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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Selwyn Project: Front Yard Revisited
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This is an updated photo, 10 months after installation. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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Selwyn Project: Side Garden
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This area receives morning sun/afternoon shade. The chartreuse and variegated foliage introduce the illusion of light into the space. Photo taken 10 months after installation. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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Iris ensata 'Variegata' and 'Golden Pacific' shore juniper brighten up a shady spot with color and contrasting shapes. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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Selwyn Project: Backyard revisited
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Selwyn Project: Backyard revisited
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Photo taken 10 months after installation. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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Selwyn Project: Backyard revisited
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Photo taken 10 months after installation.Photo by Jay Sifford.
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Blue Dune Lyme Grass and Boxwoods
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Photo taken 10 months after installation. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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Selwyn Project: Backyard revisited
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The side yard receives morning sun and afternoon shade. Chartreuse and variegated foliage brighten the area by introducing the illusion of light. Photo taken 10 months after installation. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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Selwyn Project: Backyard revisited
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A variety of foliage colors and textures, and diversity of plant shapes makes this a garden of high interest. Photo taken 10 months after installation. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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Photo taken 10 months after installation. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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'Feeling Blue' deodar cedar and boulder. Photo taken 10 months after installation. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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Chartreuse and variegated foliage brighten up this shade garden that receives morning sun and afternoon shade. Photo taken 10 months after installation. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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Selwyn Project: Backyard revisited
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'Golden Pacific' shore junipers, 'Skylands' oriental spruce and variegated iris lighten this shade garden while providing interest through diverse textures and shapes. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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Back garden in the morning light.
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Everillo carex and vertical boulder.
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Side yard study in texture and color.
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Blue Atlas Cedar and Stone Plinth.
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Back garden, morning light.
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Boulder and Deodar Cedar.
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Boulder and Heuchera.
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Study in Color and Texture.
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Maple, carex and boulder.
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Study in Color and Texture.
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'Orange Rocket' barberry and 'Thunderhead' Japanese black pine. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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Garden of the Spheres
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This triptych of cast stone spheres plays off of the round and pyramidally shaped boxwood to create a study in shapes. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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A study in shapes
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Three cast spheres juxtapose the conical boxwood at the end of the axial point in the front garden.Photo by Jay Sifford.
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Front slope.
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The 2018 redesign of this street-side slope was necessary as a result of the removal of a large shade tree in the median. This gave us the opportunity to introduce additional specimen trees, which the owner loves and requested. The area will be knitted together by the planting of over 200 'Firewitch' dianthus that will grow together and become a fragrant and colorful evergreen ...More
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Front Porch
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The 2018 redesign gave us the opportunity to introduce a narrow form of weeping Alaskan cedar to speak to the height of the home. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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Axial spheres
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The cast sphere on the front sidewalk forms a relationship with the new cast spheres at the end of the axis. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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Newly designed front slope
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The 'Geisha Gone Wild' Japanese maple contrasts nicely with a mass planting of 'Obsidian' heuchera. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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Cast sphere
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Closeup of a cast sphere in the front garden. Photo by Jay Sifford.
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Front slope garden.
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The 2018 redesign of this street-side slope was necessary as a result of the removal of a large shade tree in the median. This gave us the opportunity to introduce additional specimen trees, which the owner loves and requested. The area will be knitted together by the planting of over 200 'Firewitch' dianthus that will grow together and become a fragrant and colorful evergreen ...More
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Front garden axial point.
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