We honored the architecture of this 19th Victorian with echoes of traditional Victorian garden elements, including the use of a parterre, roses, wrought-iron accents, formal axes, and a touch of the eclectic.
A contemporary parterre provides visual and experiential interest at the entryway. Concrete walkways are replaced with textured Ashlar-pattern bluestone and the driveway with oversize pavers reminiscent of cobblestone. The grid layout, informed by stained glass windows accenting the front façade, is softened by a loose flowering hedge. The low-water, Teucrium chamadrys, establish free-flowing borders, in contrast to historic Victorian form. Cutting flowers cast off exuberant color bringing additional curb appeal to a neighborhood where roses thrive and are on frequent display.
Our vision was strongly guided by the clients desire to interact with their landscape and neighborhood community. We were enthusiastic about replacing the lawn with a dynamic lower water-use garden and were pleased the clients responded to our environmentally-sensitive design solution.
Photography: Marion Brenner