Native plants begin to reclaim a wetland edge.
The soil conditions and static water level are established. Then trees and smaller plantings provide structure while allowing many other plants to voluntarily fill in the wetland.
Coined "Shangri-la" by the client, a path works its way around this private landscape. Along the journey there are a variety of experiences exaggerated by the type of plantings.
A sugarbush planted from seedlings takes root, and understory plants seed themselves in.
Plants are added on either side of the river increasing privacy, cooling the water, and exaggerating the lush, relaxed, landscape. As the Town of Chester owns the land on the far side of the river, this planting was an enjoyable public/private partnership.
In order to build the foundation for this house, the site had to be blasted. The trees you see in front of the house were planted in pockets dug into the broken ledge.
In this area where there had been nothing, trees and perennials work to create a syleized woodland.
Helping to reconnect the new home with the woodland beyond, trees and plantings fill what was an empty space.
After this driveway was moved and raised, trees help to reconstruct the woodland beyond.
Working to reconstruct a stylized version of the native woodland, plantings begin to encroach on this new construction.
The birches existed before the garden space was built. The perennials work to draw the trees in the distance, into the garden.
With the right choice of plants, the garden extends out into the distance.