A totally sweet property with 18th century house, guest cottage and old barn set into the hillside. Garden beds needed updating and editing.
Much of the property is shaded or receives only four to six hours of sun so native woodland plants are the stars here: ostrich fern, relocated Annabelle hydrangeas, red twig dogwood, summersweet, swamp azalea along with some dazzlers like foamflower for groundcover in shady dry locations and blue flag iris in a particularly moist spot. Three boxwood add year round structure. A Heartbreaker weeping redbud counterpoints the ancient pink saucer magnolia and a dawn redwood loves the spot at the end of the lawn that gets flooded each spring.
The clients wanted fruit trees so we planted two pears and two peaches on the sunny way to the barn and surrounded the fruit trees with blooming perennials to attract pollinators.