Exquisite Front Garden
Marsha Metz gets a front yard makeover that matches with her English-style cottage.
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Marsha Metz has slowly and impeccably decorated her 1935 English-style cottage. She accented her traditional design with wonderfully eclectic touches and now feels content with her home's custom interior. However, with the addition of her playful dog, Max, she is motivated to tackle her ivy-ridden, sloping front yard. Metz envisions an exquisite garden that complements her home and provides a play space for her and Max.
Metz hopes her wild and unstructured front yard will become an impressive garden that combines formal style with whimsy. A hazardous sloping path, annoying street noise and a sea of ivy are among the issues that need to be addressed. Ready for the challenge are landscape designer Amy Belt, landscape contractor Philip Giroux and landscape architect Deborah Richie.
Amy Belt's intimate concept has a comfy seating wall and a wider front path made from a warm shade of fossil- filled stone. Philip Giroux has created a natural setting with several theme gardens. A waterfall spills into a pond and appears to make its way towards a grassy dry creek bed. Deborah Richie has designed a formal garden with a southern flair. Beyond her gracious brick entry gate are urns, fountains and colorful perennials.
After a week of reviewing the three designs Metz chooses Richie's plan. By enriching the design with stunning details like a red front door, a graceful stone statue and the initial "M" on the chimney top, Richie has exceeded Metz’s hopes for a front yard. Richie has given Metz a romantic formal garden that also provides a perfect play space for her and Max.
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