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2010-08 Design Portfolio                

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"Transforming the Ordinary into Beautiful Works of Art"
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The Garden Goddess of Litchfield, 2010-08 Design Portfolio Page I
Web Design: Gwenythe b. Harvey
Something Old, Something New, Border Gardens, Enlightened Owners, and an Award-winning Horticulturist..put them together, then stand back and watch the magic. Sometimes the elements come together so perfectly that it feels like magic, and Gwenythe has enjoyed just that experience working with the grounds of a vintage 1742 New England Colonial.  To begin with, a two hundred old Copper Beech tree stands guard at the dramatic entrance to the property.  The driveway up to the house is an avenue of visual splendor with Maples arching over to form a keyhole tunnel.
Extending the Season of Color!
Three years ago, the owners of this unique property commissioned me to redesign and expand the gardens.  The flowering borders were mainly blooming in June, and they wanted to extend the season of color.  The gardens were also very sparse because of lack of soil amendment and poor choice of plantings.  I kept to the relatively traditional layout but decided to combine modern planting ideas with classical oramentation.  The skelton of the garden is simple.  There is a central lawn area, which circles the four borders of massive stone walls, Shrubs, Roses and Herbaceous Perennials.  These four areas now have a number of unifying elements that are effective but not obtrusive.  For instance, I extended the caramel and rose colors of Caramel Heuchera in order to create a visual echo from the topmost border to the lower Boxwood-embraced border.  Echoes in a garden generate parallels of color and texture, a great way to make a conclusive statement, add a finishing touch, or simply allow for a visual template. 
Taking the time to use good design techniques.....
I retained much of the original plantings by simply moving things around a bit.  I clad the old stone perimeter walls in a variety of Roses, and installed Boxwood hedgerows to create shelterbelts from the wind. This gave the design a repetitive sense of rhythm.  I introduced honest workers such as Campanula, Astibles, Goats Beard
aruncus dioicus 'Kneiffi ', Meadow Rue Thalictrum and the Queeen of the Prairie Filipendula 'rubra' to add the element of height.
These gardens now flourish with color from April through to November, and they're a testament to what you can achieve when you take the time to use good design techniques.
A Melange of perennials, biennials, shrubbery and a majestic, ancient Silver Larch Larix europaea tree comprise the long borders.
These clients are fascinated by the history of the house and its landscape, considering themselves to be the loving caretakers of their early colonial farmstead.  They decided to open up the wilderness around the house and create vistas to capture the essence of the fields and stonewalls that were so lovingly worked in the early eighteenth century.
The handsome stonewalls and remnants of a silo foundation make a wondrous backdrop for hundreds of flowers, such as tall sprires of deep blue Delphiniums, Sea Holly and fragrant Roses.