The Garden Goddess of Litchfield, Litchfield Gardens by The Garden Goddess LLC, New England Gardens by The Garden Goddess LLC
                                                                                               Landscape Design and Landscape Development
               "A Weaver of Magical Gardens for your Landscape Environment"
                                             The Garden Goddess, LLC     P.O. Box 1064 Litchfield, Ct. 06759
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                                                     2007-2003 Design Portfolio Page IA
A Sanctuary in Harwinton, Ct. The Owner
wanted colorful, but naturalistic plantings that would
enhance the setting of ponds, creeks and much wildlife.
The Garden Goddess, LLC designed the walkway which
follows the curvature of the stonewall.  This gave a
destination to the Garden experience and also a focal point
for two separate garden rooms.  The upper bed is planted
with white Azaleas, Purple leaved Ninebark
O. Diablo",
White Diamond Astible, Lavender Asters, the
Autumn Crescendo Perennial Mum "
Bergenia "
Baby Doll", Maidenhair Ferns, wild forget me
nots, Peach and Pink Sherbet "Paeonia officinalis",
"Caramel" Heucheras, Fuchsia Asters, Lady Fern and
Beverly Sills, coral pink Bearded Iris, bright rose
"Pontentilla" "Phlox divaricata" which is a Ct. native and a
soft blue color, and Jacobs Ladder.  In the spring this area
is a feast of white Hyacinth, red riding hood tulips, Scilla
Tubergeniana and Narcissus Tahiti.
First, the 6" of mulch that had
been laid by the previous
Landscaper was scraped off
. The
soil was then tested and amended. Compost
was added and forked in to aerate the
compacted soil. Boulders were selected and
brought in to add interest to the Garden
Areas and also to shelter the wildflowers and
ferns that were nestled against them.

Diseased plants were removed, other plants
were reconfigured, and the foundation
plantings were moved forward  to allow for
growth, and to retain an air space between
foundation and plantings..

Perennials were added with a mix of ferns
and native wildflowers.  In the fall 750 bulbs
were planted in these gardens with a colour
scheme of salmon, peach and soft blue.

The resulting blend of textures and color are
a unique blend of welcoming and healthy
plantings.  The owner is justly proud of his
home's entry.

It pays to remember that a a garden is a
concerto in three acts here in New
Frustrated Home Owners Seek Colour and Interest in
Litchfield, Ct
. These clients had just paid another Landscaper to install
welcoming gardens in their front yard.  Unfortunately, soil  had not been tested
or amended, wrong choices in planting materials, and lack of  a cohesive
design plan was the end result.  Dr. Garden Goddess was called in to rectify
the situation!
In 2008, we shall reconfigure the back Gardens by installing a Kitchen Herb
Garden and a crescent Moon Garden.  The Owner had also asked us about
designing an organic vegetable garden with manageable yields. To view the
completed and yielding Potager go to...
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In symposiums and in my writings Iâ
€™ve talked about designs that are
held together by a sense of rhythm.
We create this rhythm through the
recurrent use of a number of key
plants. I refer to these repeated
elements in a garden design as
Echoes. Echoes generate parallels
of color and texture and are a great
way to make a conclusive statement,
add a finishing touch, or simply
provide a visual template.

Note the echos of soft pink blooms
interlaced through the foliage in the
photograph to the left.

A garden is a concerto in three
. If you consider this, it‘s easy
to plan your garden utilizing the
concepts we’ve discussed, such
as rhythm and echoes. Select your
plants based on the colors you have
chosen, keeping in mind the plantâ
€™s needs and height.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the selection process, begin with a small section of the garden area or a simple planting plan
and expand from that area. You can always add as you go along, making it more complex over time if that‘s what appeals to you. Actually,
you can create greater visual appeal when you blend the planting scheme into the landscape by using smaller groups and smaller sized
plants closer to the house and increasing the scale and planting in drifts as you move away from the house. If you happen to have a view,
you’ll discover that the more expansive that view, the smaller and simpler the planting needs to be.