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         2010-08 Design Portfolio              
"Transforming the Ordinary into Beautiful Works of Art"
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Be bold with fine texture.... a Litchfield Landscape
You do not need big leaves and common shrubs to make a statement. Be subtly refined about color combinations, but also DO choose varying textures and complementary colors. This Litchfield Landscape was installed in June of 2008. The plum flowering almond bushes and lime green hostas act as a binder among the plantings, adding a distinction to this landscape. In the spring, magnificient pink fringed tulips and huge clusters of purple Globemaster Alliums are followed by fragrant soft lavender lilacs. The stark white sculptural qualities of an aged birch is echoed in another birch, and plantings of white dianthus and pansies tucked in amongst the foliage.
Boulders were brought in to add definition to the garden areas.

The slate foyers and curving pathway with millstone insert reflect the grays of the house siding and adds a comfortable veneer of aged charm.

The Garden Goddess practices sustainability. As interest in environmental issues increases, dry stone walling sits comfortably within these parameters, being a sustainable product made from natural materials.
Expanding spatial space with height conscious plantings is an invaluable tool for adding majesty to a setting.
The mix of quality medium-sized shrubs with interesting textures contributes to an illusion of height and expansiveness as demonstrated in the photo below and the photo at the top of this page.

The use of a common denominator of color to bind the scheme together is apparent with the use of burgundies and lime accents.
After June 2009
In the fall of 2008 hundreds of daffodil bulbs were planted by the side of the garage. After blooming and foliage die back in late May of 2009, the bulbs (which had multiplied by hundreds more) were dug up and planted along a stone wall perimeter to the far left of the property. This area is at the entrance to Goodhouse Rd. in Litchfield. In the spring of 2010 and beyond, a fifteen foot deep roadside swath of bright yellow King Alfred Daffodils will greet passerby.
            The Enchanted Forest in Goshen!
The owners of a wonderful forested half-acre in Woodridge have in their heads pictures of shrubs and wildflowers they lovingly planted there a decade ago. Until recently, this strong and eclectic vision lived only in the imaginations of these property owners, but now it’s taking on new life in living color.

The property owners are finally realizing their dream, complete with Wildflower pathways illuminated by shafts of sunlight, a gaggle of wild FoamflowersTiarella cord folia, and a bevy of vividly striped Jack-in-the-Pulpits Arisaema triphyllum that might be mistaken for well-dressed forest gnomes…and these are only a few of the inspirational ideas that are helping to revitalize this Woodridge property.

Standing four square on the gentle curving pathways are close ranks of white astible x arendsii ‘Snowdrift’ and the pinks of Astilbe x arendsii 'Bressingham Beauty' in differing heights and characters. The pathways are densely strewn with Woodland Fern varieties, such as the Royal fern Osmunda regalis, Cinnamon fern Osmunda cinnamomea, and Christmas Fern Polystichum acrostichoides. Once we cleaned up the entryway, we upgraded the garden areas with good soil and expertly delineated the sculptural quality of the design with deep edging. The organization of space will be ongoing.
                                               Adding UMPH!
The rear garden area shown below was undistinguished and languishing.
We extended it in depth and added more soil to raise the beds to create a more spectacular view from the rear porch area. This garden is guarded by a venerable Honeysuckle shrub and planted with the lush ground cover Lungwort Pulmonaria with blooms of white, pink and blue providing a bright spot in the garden.  Mature hollies and boxwood were added tol provide a magical persona for the rear landscape. The entrance to this area is a long, traversed pathway of moss and stone gravel. White Nancy Lanium maculatum add a sparkle of silver, and the soft yellow bells of Foxglove digitalis grand flora increase the sense of tranquility. A bold background sentinel with crisp feathery plumes, Goatsbeard Aruncus dioicus contrasts with the deep and lime green of Ladies Mantle Alchemilla and some old-fashioned woodland Heucheras. Add to this mix the Leopard Plant Ligularia destata Desmonda, and you have a garden with not only waves of tepid yellows, blues and silver during the season, but also a strong punch of liquid gold blooms.
Along the woodland pathway, pink and white Bleeding Hearts and Wakerobin, white Trillium erectum, create additional interest in the spring. The sweetly fragrant spiky flower stalks of Summersweet Clethra Anatolia add additional scent to the experience. Perhaps these plant groupings are a bit eccentric, but this contributes to the enthralling changes of mood and tempo, lightness and dark, solidity and transparency. There’s an abundance of herbaceous treats all summer, but it’s the outline of the pathways that creates the staging for the structure of the garden areas. The scale is minimal, but the vision is astonishing. I was hired to take back the forest, revamp and clear the pathways, create a welcoming entry, and upgrade the roadside gardens.

To the very rear of the Woodridge property, old logging roads intersect and form a peaceful cathedral of dappled sunlight that clothes the Maples, a Shagbark Hickory, Hemlocks, and Beeches in shimmering gold.

If you close your eyes, you can imagine being in the center of an enchanted forest, where the wind stirs the leaves to play a rustling tune and the gently swaying Ferns add their delicate high notes to the breezes. Gardens are never final or static. They’re always in the developing stage. Nothing is left to chance, and everything is contrived to play upon the imagination.
A Welcoming Entry wrapped in colorful abundance....
We created a new entry garden on what had been a sparsely planted patch of lawn.  Mocha Coral Bells (Heucheras) and Nepata set the color scheme of silvers, burgundy and blues.

Next we planted the complementary deep pink blooms of Dianthus and soft pinks and lavenders of monet pansies. Old fashioned violias, the wonderful silvery foliage of Iberis "Purity", and a sparkle of gold with the bright blossoms of tulip tardas Dasystemon were blended into the mix. In addition, a touch of luminescence was achieved with the use of the bright  lime green foliage and soft yellow blooms of the potato vine. We chose the very prim and proper Obedient Plant, Physostegia "Miss Manners' in bright white to echo the whites of the azaleas.
A Woodland Path
BEFORE Fall 2007
BEFORE Fall 2007
Work in Progress