Remodeled Queen Anne
A classic Victorian beauty fell into disrepair but new owners gutted the home while preserving and paying homage to this classic architectural style.
A Tudor’s Stately Grounds
Backyard slate patio and fieldstone wall, Front yard gardens, refurbished and extended front yard wall. 750 tulips and daffodils put on a colorful show in early spring. Private residence, Larchmont, NY.
Salt-Tolerant Plants for a Seaside Mansion
More frequent coastal flooding demands plants that can tolerate sea water and salty sea air. The entire landscape of this property was devastated by seawater flooding. We brought in new topsoil and re-planted with plants and shrubs at home by the sea. Turf-type tall fescue sod replaces the more traditional (and less salt tolerant) Kentucky bluegrass.
A Colorful Tradition
This traditional, center hall colonial sported shrubs that grew together oddly and were the victims of an over-active hedge trimmer. The front was all the same color green, with little contrast of color and shape.
The homeowner wanted “lots of color”. We placed the few rhododendrons and azaleas worth saving at the back of the border, reshaping the garden beds to allow room for colorful coral bells, hellebores and astilbes. Every season has a different perennial blooming. The coral bells and yellow threadleaf cypress’ foliage stays vibrant, even when nothing else is blooming. This is the first year of the planting.
Inviting Front Yard for the Library
For their centennial project, the Garden Club of Larchmont wanted to refresh the front gardens and walkways for the Larchmont Library. The garden hedges had become overgrown, obscuring the building. The brick pathways encouraged visitors to take a shortcut through the grass areas, creating a muddy, worn path through the turf.
We created new, curved paths that echo the curved portico of the building. We removed the ugly book bins and recreated the graceful, curved brick stairs. The book depository is now through a slot in the front facade.
Easy care evergreens and grasses replaced the old, leggy shrubs. A whimsical chess table and benches donated by the community make the front yard an inviting gathering place.
A Brick and Boxwood Wall
While privet hedges provide privacy, they can also get out of control over the years. We opened up the front again, bringing in light for a perennial flower garden. Brick and stone posts echo the house. Miniature boxwoods fill in between, to create a living garden "wall". We opened the front entry, removing part of the existing wrought iron railing, adding another set of larger brick posts to complement the grand entrance. Large trees in the side yard of this corner property give the dining patio more privacy.
Toasty Fire Pit and Deer-Resistant Plants
Mature hollies screen out the neighbors, gardens tucked into rock outcrops, a side yard mosaic bluestone path and a fire pit and patio matched to an existing patio. Private residence, Rye, NY
New Construction Goes Native
Native plants love this sunny hillside of this newly renovated home. We regraded the front, created a natural stone walkway, seeded a new lawn, and created a natural stone wall at the base of the hill, tucking plants among the rocks. Pictures are from the fall planting and the following spring. Private residence, New Rochelle, NY.
Instant Lawn and Easy Care Garden
This property was littered with construction debris and packed dirt. We regraded, adding organic compost, created new beds in front and back. The front beds are low to show off the magnificent porch details. Gravel driveway with Belgian block edging and apron. Year one of a multi-year project. Private residence, Larchmont, Westchester NY
Cottage garden, stone steps and patio, pond with 3 tiered waterfall, arbor and container plantings. Private residence, Mamaroneck, NY
A rambling ranch needed some color in the front, adding new perennials and editing existing mature plantings.
A curbside rock garden has to tolerate snow and salt as well as heat, drought and poor soil. These plants fit the bill. These images were taken right after planting. It should grow together beautifully.
Growing Food Not Lawns
This client didn’t want to take care of a lawn. And since the only sunny spot on their property was the front yard, they wanted to grow food. We complied with ground covers and a raised bed. We also removed the crumbling railroad ties, replacing them with a new stone walkway, ramp and flat-stacked stone wall.
The old back patio was replaced with new pavers, and a deteriorated railroad tie wall was replaced with a stone wall. The weed infested back garden was replanted with low care perennials and shrubs.
War Memorial Refurbished
Enhanced planting area around the memorial, creating a stone planter that wraps around the back. Plants' origins represent the major theaters of war. Phase I of a multi-year beautification plan. Public park, Mamaroneck, NY.
"The Kemper Memorial planters are fabulous! Your thoughtful selection of the plantings was another great idea and another reminder of just how fortunate we are to have your help." -Richard M. Kemper Memorial Park Preservation Fund Committee
Rain Garden for Runoff
Natural Bedford stone wall and rain garden captures roof runoff from the Bedford Town Hall rain gutter. Commercial property.
"Catherine provided endless support, well beyond any reasonable expectation. Her knowledge of gardens and rain gardens in particular runs deep and wide. I would highly recommend her for any garden design project." Simon, Bedford, NY.