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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
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
Taking the time to use good design
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
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
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.