These homeowners live on a beautiful, large, forested property and had recently lost some sizable trees close to the back of their house. The loss of the trees and an upcoming wedding in their garden inspired them to reach out for help envisioning a new vista out the back of their house, and a nice approach in the front. They didn’t want to lose the expansive views entirely, but did want to add a layer of interest and color that would help to delineate a more intimate space adjacent to their home, give them something interesting to look from within the house, and to spend time in with family in the warmer months.
Their triangular front garden provides access to the back yard along the side of the house, and is adjacent to a driveway. Marked by a felled log and struggling lawn for many years, it is enhanced by providing dense, layered, low-maintenance plantings and a stone path.
Both areas are in dappled shade, and remain moist for much of the year. Additionally, because they live in the forest, all the plantings had to be able to withstand the presence of deer and other critters. All the plants suggested fit this criteria.
Featured plants include pieris, barberry, mock orange, evergreen huckleberry, leucothoe, ornamental grasses, calluna vulgaris, corydalis, ferns, astilbe and hakonechloa.