An elegant facelift for an historic downtown beauty

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I was honored to twice create a landscape plan with this amazing family! A few years ago, we completed a master plan for their property, but then they had to move before completing the project! This time around, they needed a smaller design that would still bring beauty and a bit of revival to their landscape. Their historic, elegant Tudor home had been neglected but was full of potential. We started with a foundation planting plan that would complement their house without creating a whole bunch of work for them. Keeping the palette pretty simple, I designed a planting plan that is both approachable and a little bit fancy - much like their house.

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With a combination of greens and whites from evergreens, flowering shrubs, and a few perennials, we created a soft, elegant plant palette. Near the front door, we saved a small space for a combination of deep orange and bright pink - a welcoming hotspot that was small enough for the family to maintain.

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Overall, the idea was to keep maintenance to a bare minimum for this hard-working mom and dad, since they spend their time at home chasing around their busy preschooler and toddler. This project was all about the planting plan- we kept the original brick edging with all its charm - and it shows how just a few changes can make a big difference.

I can’t wait to see these plantings mature, softening the foundation of this lovely home as this sweet happy family grows along with it.