Finally Surfacing!

With my design work  finally manageable once again, I will be back next week sharing some very new gardens as well as designs ideas to help bring your garden to the next level.


A Little Saturday Color Blocking

As many of those who have worked with me know, I most often times will plant in mass either with color and or textures, for both shrubs as well as perennials.
 Miquel Urquijo Rubio's gardens are a good example of this. Just as you would use colors opposite each other on the color wheel with interiors, planting outdoors using this same principal creates the same strong visual.

 Here shades of lavender and purple are planted with yellow greens to create a strong plant pallet

Always a winning combination for both indoors and out lavenders, gray's and yellow grreens


Neat, Orderly & One of a Kind

With carefully chosen plantings and ordered geometries the design company of Zaremba & Company has once again created a winning combination.

Asked to create a garden that is neat and organized yet be "one of a kind", the design team came up with a simplistic, elegant, contemporary landscape. Deciding to use right angle shapes and to mass plant with texture and subtle color changes rather than a riotous of color, a sense of calm is created. The designs energy comes in the movement of the plants.............a gently swaying of a mass planting of grasses can animate any design......as well as the water features through out the gardens.

This type of design can be repeated in most any garden setting whether it be traditional or contemporary. Just keep in mind the fundamentals applied in this landscape, straight and right angled planting beds as well as low layers of mass planting. Here boxwood, ornamental grasses, sedums, hostas, ferns.and ajuga were used to create this setting.

If you would like to add a more Classical feel to your garden please contact me for further information at mwhite841@verizon.net


mia cupola

Like the cherry on the top of my favorite Sunday, cupolas have always been for me that one final statement that completes most designs. Whether it be added to the roof of the main structure or to an accessory structure, cupolas hold a certain fascination.

Used now mostly for ornamentation, cupola's in the past have been used for ventilation and light as well belvederes or widow's walks. If they have windows they are sometimes called lanterns, and the smallest of cupolas are called monitors

The rule of thumb I use most often on deciding exactly what size to install goes something like this.............. 1.25" of base of cupola for every foot of unbroken roof line.  In other words if  the top of the roof  line measures 24'-0" left to right, the minimum length of your cupola base should be 30". I have on occasion gone up a size or two depending on the design of the structure it will be mounted on.

image via Weathervains of Maine

coyle house
all images other than noted Pinterest

If you would like to add a more Classical feel to your garden please contact me for further information at mwhite841@verizon.net


Conifer Gardens

 image tex-oregongarden.com

As with all garden design, form, color and texture always come into play.

 Conifer Gardens are no exception. Where some fall short is not allowing shape to be the first and main element of the design,  followed by color and then texture. 

 image via flicker
 image via finegardening
 image via finegardening
 image via greatplantpicks.org

image via sunsetmagazine
 image via kellypinterest 
image viacarlazeilmann

If you would like to add a more Classical feel to your garden please contact me for further information at mwhite841@verizon.net


Painting With Plants

Henri Rousseau, French, Post Impressionist, Primitive Painter

Conrad McCormick "Coast of Northern Ireland"
image via Carolyn Mullet

Landscape design an art form using plants as the medium of artistic expression.


Happy Spring

anne johnson design

Wishing each and everyone a warm and sunny spring!