Landscape Design Transformation

From Ordinary to Extraordinary

This Entry Garden is designed to draw your eye to the recessed front door. The wide and roomy bluestone entry path acts a mini courtyard with the container as the focal point. Filling it with bold color and repeating the color in the planted annuals surrounding it help draw your eye to the front door. The color echoes the front door paint. The planting combinations create a four-season garden. Above, the vivid summer annual pink ‘New Guinea’ Inpatients linger into fall Here we see them merging into the yet-to-bloom fall mums and a fall themed container.

Front Door Entry Garden Focal Point

This welcoming garden is one part of the Landscape Master Plan created for this client. The design was implemented and constructed in phases over several years. The landscape design transformation began with the entry garden. It started when the client and I chose the special elegant container for its focal point.

You might wonder how we chose it. After an on-line search, I visited several stores that sell special containers to see what was in stock that fit my design vision and the client would like. I had included concept photos of several styles with my Master Plan. Then I invited my client on a “field trip” to select a container. In person, you can touch and feel it as a physical and visual presence. The winner is the one featured.

Notice the drift low growing green boxwood. It embraces the container and adds four seasons of visual contrast. The design concept is to create a special place to greet people and also to draw the eye to the recessed front door. The white porch bench also plays a role to welcome and invite you to pause and linger and engage your senses while you view the gardens.

Fall container arrangement with vivid mums. The mums planted at its base will fully open to the same color soon.

Before: It’s Ordinary and Dull

Before. Ordinary. Not especially inviting, is it? Definitely needs a landscape transformation. A Master Landscape Design Plan was created to do just that!

After: A Warm & Inviting & Happy Place

In this photo, you see the landscape design transformation of this part of the front gardens. The bluestone entry walk, drive wall and lanterns, and the plantings you see were installed in later phases. Except for the mature oak trees and one hemlock, we added all the plantings.
Looking out from the front door porch to the street. The four-season garden is planned to work in winter as well as spring, summer, and fall.
The bluestone entry court and the plantings above were added in later phases. The lawn is being reseeded so it will be lush next spring.
The bench invites and is designed as part of the four-season landscape design transformation. Its color echoes the front door paint. The lawn is being reseeded to be lush next spring.

I love the textures, foliage combinations with colorful annuals, and the inviting bench. This garden invites you to linger, breathe deep, and let your senses come alive.

Now’s the time to start your landscape design transformation.


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