Examples of our Planting Designs

It takes one to several years, depending on the types of plants, for a garden to mature. since we don't always get back to our job sites to take photos, we only have a sparse documentation of our work. Here are some random samples. All photos can be enlarged by clicking on them.

 

 

A front yard in a tight space in Kittery:      
       
Goal was to create a private patio space in the front of the house, abutting the road. The lawn would be replaced by a brick patio and a narrow space would be preserved for garden beds. The photo on the right shows the patio, fence and fresh plantings.

 
       
One year later all plants are established. Clematis that is climbing up the fence helps to provide some screening for privacy.

 
       
Patio surroundings:

 

   
The garden terrace on top of the stone wall is planted with a number of flowering shrubs, which will grow up to screen the view to the neighbors and soften the house foundaton. The groundcover on the top of the stone wall is already established.  
       
Flowering shrubs and perennials along a front porch:      
       

This planting was meant to provide lush foliage and flowers as well as a degree of screening. It is also easy to maintain, requiring only light occasional pruning and clean-ups.

 
       
Planting along a fence:

 

   
       

This design is meant to complement the clean line of the fence. It is kept very simple, consisting of red roses and Bigroot Geranium as a groundcover. Left image shortly after planting, right image two years later (in May before roses start to bloom).

 
       
House front planting and cobblestone parking space:      
       
The front of this house was planted in a way that if would soften the architectural lines of foundation and granite edging, and provide bloom for a long part of the season. This lush combination consists of 'Rozanne' cranesbill, Shasta daisies, lavender and grasses.

 
       
Dwarf shrubs and conifers:      
       
The raised gardenbed on the side of this main entrance is retained by an undulating retaining wall that connects with similar lines found in the surroundings. The planting consists of dwarf conifers and dwarf flowering shrubs, enriched with a small number of perennials. Among the flowering shrubs are Daphne 'Jim's Pride' with fragrant flowers from May to Fall, and Dwarf Weigela with purple foliage and hot pink flowers in June. The foliage colors and textures give this design its natural elegance. Plantings with dwarf shrubs and conifers are in general easy to maintain and long-lived.    
       
This creak is powered by a pump at the end of it's current. The mound that marks its starting point (which is the edge of a camouflaged septic mound) is made to appear natural through some large rock boulders that retain it. The plantings on the mound itself are limited to shallow-rooted perennials and Rhododendrons, but the edge is planted with creeping Juniper and other dwarf conifers and a contrasting Japanese Maple (Dwarf threadleaf type).

On the right, a compact growing form of our native Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Smaragd'), called 'Emerald Green' Arborvitae, is used to create vertical accent, to screen a hot tub and to provide a division between two different garden areas. A trellice was later added to enhance this division, creating a door between the two gardens.

 
       
Wetland buffer:      
       
Instead of using nothing but Grey dogwood as recommended by a state agency, we were allowed to plant a buffer that was much more useful for the owner of this property and just as useful for nature. The redesigned buffer contains native Bayberry, Blueberry, Potentilla (now renamed to Dasiphora), dwarf forms of Red Osier Dogwood, as well as the purple-leaved selection 'Diabolo' of our native Ninebark, a compact form of White Spruce, and several other native plants who provide food and shelter to native insects, birds and other wildlife without sacrificing beauty and function for the owner.  
       
Left: Only at the house entrance we went away from native species and used typical garden ornamentals.

On the right, Diabolo Ninebark contrasts with native White Spruce and Elderberry.

 
       
Bold foliage in shade gardens:      
       
Tall grasses cast the shade that hostas need to be happy. Together, and with an evergreen background of conifers and hollies, this combination of large foliage with airy grasses creates a rich garden scene. A tall Salomon's Seal combined with Variegated Hakone grass on the left edge of the left image brings arching and weeping elements into the textural display.

On the right, Astilboides tabularis spreads its large leaves set off by grasses in the background.

 
       
Left: Ligularia dentata cultivars such as the dark purple 'Britt Marie Crawford' are great to add not only bold texture but also contrasting color to a shady garden. Here the background foliage is provided by a variegated dogwood such as 'Ivory Halo'.

On the right, hostas have been massed under a grove of trees, resulting in a generous, simple planting.

 
       
Low shrub border:      
The goal of this planting was to define the space by separating a large lawn from the abutting road. At the same time the view was not to be completely blocked. The low shrubs are Spirea 'Magic Carpet', Spirea fritschiana and Dwarf Korean Lilac, and the planting also contains peonies and perennial cranesbills as fillers and groundcovers.

 
       
Left image: A Peony with magenta petals and white centers and the broad white flower plates of Spirea fritschiana combine for a happy display in late spring.

Right image: In the fall, when most shrubs have faded out to dull greens and yellows, the eye is drawn the the silvery flowers of Maiden grasses such as Miscanthus sinensis 'Grazillimus', which blooms reliable in our shorter seasons up here in New England.

 
       
Mediterranean Garden:      
       
In order to create a more or less symmetrical axis narrow planting spaces were carved out at the foot of the pergola posts, which now balance out the planting on the left. Both sides received the same edging and were planted with red roses and groundcovering cranesbill.

The background, towards the pool house, was then planted with a Pine tree (Pinus parviflora 'Glauca Brevifolia') and dwarf shrubs and sub-shrubs including Caryopteris, Lavendula and Salvia officinalis to emulate a Mediterranean vegetation.

 
       
A foundation planting:      
This stone building allows for plantings close to the building, with foliage touching the walls (which we would avoid on a wooden structure). The deciduous small trees are Pagoda Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia) and Seven-son-flower (Heptacodium miconinoides). A pyramidal yew fills the corner. The low plantings contain Hostas, Cranesbills and Daphne 'Carol Mackie'.    
       

 

   

 

 

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