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Colorful Cottage By The Sea

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Our challenge

With a paramount view of Buzzard's Bay, this simple and modern seaside home was in need of a landscape that would establish its relationship to the land and the water. The owners envisioned a multigenerational space for work and for play that also included an organic vegetable garden of fresh herbs and produce to use for family meals.

Our solution

To better anchor this home to its location, we immediately designed a low front border of plantings to frame the property and draw the eye to the sea beyond. With a mix of primary colors and whites to complement the home's own color details, this front
border is accompanied by a side yard, summertofrost border of easy care annuals and perennials, ensuring a beautiful bouquet at the client's finger tips, whatever the season.

In the backyard, we planted the client's requested produce in rotation in raised beds, as well as tomato and basil plants just by the door for easy and fragrant summer salads. The grassy children's play space, also in the back, welcomes a trampoline enjoyed by the older and younger children alike. Swim suits and towels flap in the sea breeze on a clothesline installed nearby. As the children grow and the gardens mature, the thoughful form and joyfilled function of this landscape will only deepen with time

  • Rudbeckia laciniata 'Autumn Sun'
  • Fragaria vesca 'Golden Alexandra'
  • Echinacea hybrida 'Hot Summer'